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GCSE Religious Studies

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Why Study Religious Studies?

We live in a world of different belief systems and values. This subject looks at fundamental questions about life, death and the purpose of our existence. It examines issues facing people in all parts of the world and helps you understand your own personal beliefs and how you might be able to influence events. You will investigate arguments about God and whether we should allow euthanasia and abortion, what happens when we die and views on evil and suffering. The course will be enjoyable and is highly relevant to any chosen career; it allows you to participate in some soul searching of your own.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

The course is about Religion and Ethics in Christianity and Religion, Peace and Conflict in Islam. You will study topics such as Christian beliefs, marriage and family, living the religious life, crime and punishment, peace and conflict and matters of life and death (abortion, euthanasia etc.) All will be studied in relation to Christian and Muslim beliefs and practice. A wide range of different types of teaching and learning styles, including research activities and group work are used. Religious Studies will help develop your key skills in decision making, investigation, reflective thinking, working with others and problem solving. It will also give you skills in making decisions about moral problems and help you to become sure about your own beliefs and explain them clearly to others. It is not about making you religious, it is about enabling you to think for yourself about religious and moral issues.

There will be extra sessions for eligible students to enable them to gain the best Grade they can. We have a varied programme of Religious Educational experiences provided within and beyond the school environment.

Career Pathways

A GCSE in Religious Studies is a stepping stone to a wide range of careers and future opportunities e.g.

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Medical Careers
  • Social Worker

Religious Studies is a way of broadening your understanding of the world and people. You will have to meet people from a huge range of cultural backgrounds”.

The skills you develop will support you in further employment. A good Grade at GCSE will help you progress to an AS/A Level in Religious Studies. 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, Medicine, Law, Government, Management, Armed Forces, Counselling, Therapy and Nursing.

Qualification Information

Optional Subject

Qualification: GCSE Religious Studies

Awarding Body: Pearson Edecxel

Entry Tiers: One Tier


Assessment Structure

For the full course, two examinations will be taken at the end of Year 11. Each will be worth 50% of the final result and last 1 hour and 45 minutes.

You will follow the Pearson Edexcel Specification B ‘Beliefs in Action’ – Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics based on a study of Christianity. Including the following topics:

  • Matters of Life & Death e.g. abortion, euthanasia
  • Christian Beliefs e.g. creation theories, the problem of evil
  • Marriage & the Family e.g. Christian marriage, divorce, contraception
  • Living the Christian Life e.g. prayer, charity and pilgrimage

You will also follow Pearson Specification B ‘Beliefs in Action’ – Area of Study 2 – Religion, Peace and Conflict based on a study of Islam. Including the following topics:

  • Muslim Beliefs e.g. Allah, evil & suffering
  • Peace and Conflict e.g. war, weapons
  • Crime and Punishment e.g. death sentence, drugs.
  • Living the Muslim Life e.g. the Five Pillars of Islam

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