Entry Level Religious Studies (2015)

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The CCEA Entry Level Religious Studies specification gives learners the opportunity to explore spiritual, moral and ethical issues. They also consider cultural issues such as religious festivals or places of worship and explore good citizenship by studying religious charities.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through Religious Education in the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Entry Level qualifications can help learners to expand their knowledge, increase their confidence and demonstrate achievement. This includes some who might not be ready for a course at GCSE level or equivalent.

This specification is made up of units, and learners can gain a qualification at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3. For each unit, learners produce a portfolio of work to show how they’ve met the assessment criteria; there are no exams.

There are ten units:

  • Unit 1: The Parables of Jesus
  • Unit 2: The Easter Story
  • Unit 3: Places of Worship
  • Unit 4: Religious Festivals
  • Unit 5: Christian Sacraments or Ordinances
  • Unit 6: Famous Followers of Religion
  • Unit 7: Religious Charities
  • Unit 8: Addiction
  • Unit 9: Christian Marriage
  • Unit 10: Issues of Life and Death

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2015
First award: from Summer 2016
QAN: 601/5588/7
Subject code: 4610
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: Entry 1/2/3

Skills developed through our Entry Level Religious Studies

This qualification aims to help learners prepare for working and adult life by developing employability and independent living skills. It emphasises learning by doing, with a focus on transferable skills that learners will need in a changing and dynamic working environment.  

Learners develop the skills of collaborative working, debating relevant issues, problem solving, creativity, application of number and using ICT.

They also develop employability skills by engaging in group work and apply their learning in a practical context.

Those who complete this qualification can progress to other Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 or GCSE qualifications, or to related training courses.

For more information on this specification contact:

Anne Hughes (Temp Cover)
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2291