Religious Studies

Religion Philosophy and Ethics

Religious education covers religious education, citizenship and PSHEE (including sex and relationships education). 

GCSE Qualification:

AQA Religious Studies (Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Society) 4055

All year 9 and 10 students have already started the full GCSE AQA Religious Studies 8062 course for examination in 2018/19 respectively.  Year 11 are undertaking an AQA Religious Studies (Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Society) 4055.  This course also incorporates PSHEE and citizenship issues.  Students will cover 2 units: ‘Religion and Life Issues’ and ‘Religion and Morality’

CORE OUTLINE PROGRAMME 2015 – 2018 

TERM

YEAR 9

Autumn

Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (02) – Relationships and Families

Spring

Study of Religions (01) – Beliefs and Teachings (Christianity)

Summer

Study of Religions (01) – Religious Practices (Christianity) cont…

TERM

YEAR 10

Autumn

Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (02) - Religion, Peace and Conflict

Spring

Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (02) – Religion and Life

Summer

Study of Religions (01) – Religious Practices  (Islam)

ERM

YEAR 11

Autumn

Religion, Drugs and Alcohol, Attitudes to Crime and Punishment

Spring

Attitudes to Crime and Punishment cont… & Attitudes to World Poverty

Summer

Revision

 

All units taught in year 9 are value and issue driven, exploring secular and religious responses to the dilemmas and problems raised by these challenging topics.  Specific religious responses focus on, predominantly, Christianity.

All units taught in years 10 and 11 are also value and issue driven, exploring secular and religious responses, etc... Specific religious responses focus on Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

Assessment

The course taken by year 9 students culminates in two exams at the end of year 11 lasting 1 hour 45 minutes each.

Year 10 and 11 students will take two exams at the end of year 11 lasting 1.5 hours each.

There is NO COURSEWORK COMPONENT in any of the religious studies GCSE. 

Religious Studies and Other Subjects in the Curriculum

This course supports studies in other subjects such as English, history, geography, child development and science and is the perfect introduction to A level religious studies and/or philosophy (both considered a first tier A level by Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well as L.S.E. and those universities within the influential Russell Group).

What can I do with a Religious Studies Qualification?

A GCSE in religious studies is a stepping stone to a wide range of future opportunities.  The skills you develop will support you in further studies (see above) and employment.  GCSE religious studies also prepares you to work and deal with people of different cultures and beliefs, which can be very useful for careers such as the police, the caring professions and the armed forces.

For further information see

Dr D Bennett         dbennett@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk