2012 Sec Sample Paper 1 Marking Scheme For Essay


In considering marking schemes the following points should be noted:

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The marking scheme is a guide to awarding marks to candidates’ answers.

The marking schemes should not be considered as model answers.

In some instances only key words are given, words that must appear in the correct context in the candidate’s answer in order to merit the assigned marks. This does not preclude synonyms or phrases which convey the same meaning as the answer in the marking scheme.

There can be more than one equally acceptable answer. Although synonyms are generally acceptable, there may be instances where the scheme demands an exact scientific or technical term and equivalent non-scientific/technical or colloquial terms will not be accepted.

Descriptions, methods and definitions in the scheme may not be exhaustive and alternative valid answers may be acceptable.

It is a popular subject, being compulsory in many schools with over 24,000 candidates sitting the paper in 2008, comprising approximately 40% of all the students who sit the Junior Certificate in a given year. Religious education is available at both Higher and Ordinary levels, with most (around 75%) of students opting for the Higher Level paper. 

Students learn about many of the world’s religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and also non-religious traditions such as humanism and atheism.


The Junior Cert Religion course is divided into two parts:

Part 1, of which students study two sections.

●    Section A: Communities of Faith
●     Section B: Foundations of Religion – Christianity
●    Section C : Foundations of Religion – Major World Religions
Part 2, of which students study all sections

●    Section D: The Question of Faith
●    Section C: The Celebration of Faith
●    The Moral Challenge

The Exam

Students prepare a Journal in advance of the written exam, which accounts for 20% of their overall mark. This journal is based on titles which are made available by the State Examinations Commission each year. The journal titles for students sitting the Junior Cert in 2016 are available here. 
The remaining 80% of the marks are based on a two hour written exam. The exam includes both long and short questions, with students completing one essay question. There is a wide variety of choice in the exam and students can play to their individual strengths and favourite areas.

Junior Certificate Religious Education Syllabus 
2008 Chief Examiners Report for Junior Cert Religion


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