AQA GCSE Religious Studies Essay Skills Guide: Themes, Christianity and Islam Boost eBook

Peter Cole, Richard Gray, Clare Lloyd, Idris Morar

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ISBN: 9781913963927 Category:

Publication date: 25/08/23

Pages: 204pp

Exam board: AQA

Subject: Religious Studies

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This detailed and practical guide is designed to help students understand and master the all-important AO2 skills of Critical Analysis & Evaluation, which are vital for performing well in the essay writing/long evaluation answers in the AQA GCSE exam.

  • Written for the AQA GCSE RS Spec A covering Component 1: Religious Beliefs, Practices & Traditions (comparing two religions) and Component 2: Thematic Studies.
  • Covers all specification content across Components 1 & 2 for Christianity and Islam by topic.
  • Highly visual ‘Knowledge Organiser’ format summarises all the key AO1 info that students should know by the time they tackle an exam.
  • Toolkit approach breaks down AO2 into easily understandable study skills that students can then learn to deploy when writing long answers in the exam.
  • Introduction to Evaluation section gives advice and support on how to identify different types of exam questions, how to start and structure an answer, how to build an essay and argument, how to use evidence and how to evaluate successfully.
  • Two Sample Answers per topic show the different evaluation skills with examiner commentary, and suggested content areas for student to bring into their trial answers.
  • Can be used to support classroom learning, end of topic review or final exam revision as needed.



Richard Gray has studied at The University of Sheffield where he won the Epworth Prize, before taking up a British Academy scholarship at Lancaster University. He has also studied as Research Fellow at The University of Leeds. Richard has taught A Level Religious Studies for more than 20 years and is a former Head of Religious Studies. He has also been a senior examiner at A Level for 16 years. Richard is currently a freelance writer and examiner. He is author of several books and articles for A Level Religious Studies

Clare Lloyd is an experienced senior examiner at AS and A-level. She is a teacher and author with 20 years’ classroom experience. Clare presents live and online events for students and CPD for teachers and runs Philosophy Ninja, resourcing teachers, and students of Religious Studies.

Idris Morar has taught in schools both internationally and in the UK for 25 years. He has led Religious Studies departments and is an experienced senior examiner. Idris first studied at the University of Exeter and has since studied as a Postgraduate at the Liverpool Edge Hill and at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He specialises in Islam, Islamic History and Interfaith relations.

Peter Cole was head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Worthing College. He is very experienced as an A Level examiner, senior examiner and reviser, having worked for over 30 years for three major awarding bodies. Peter has written numerous key books for A Level Religious Studies in the area of Philosophy of Religion and New Testament studies and is a popular, bestselling author.

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