What will be studied?
Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth. This will enable them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, developing analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. They will study the beliefs and practices of Buddhism and Christianity and undertake four religious, philosophical and ethical studies.
Who will this course suit?
This is a traditional, academic subject which helps you to consider the people in the world around you. Students will learn about their beliefs, how they live their life according to their faith and how a multi-faith society functions. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own views on these beliefs and practices and evaluate moral issues. Students should be prepared to voice their own opinions, challenge those of others and ask questions whenever possible.
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How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed by two examination papers both equally weighted:
Paper 1: The study of Religions (1 hour 45 minutes).
For this examination, students must answer questions on two from the seven specified options. Question styles vary from multiple choice to extended writing.
Worth 50% of the GCSE.
Paper 2 Thematic Studies (1 hour 45 minutes).
For this examination, students must answer four questions from six religious, philosophical and ethical themes or two questions from six religious, philosophical and ethical themes and two textual themes. Again question styles vary from multiple choice to extended writing.
Worth 50% of the GCSE.
What will this qualification lead to?
A GCSE in Religious Studies will indicate to potential employers that an individual has excellent evaluation and critical analysis skills – both written and verbal. It suggests that they are prepared to question, evaluate and consider all viewpoints. The analytical and literacy skills developed during this course will provide an excellent foundation for those students wanting to continue studies at A-level, particularly those in the Humanities.