RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

All students will follow a GCSE Course.  At the end of Year 11 they will sit two exams, which will provide a GCSE qualification.

Why study Religious Education?

Religious Education is interesting and gives you an insight into what people believe and what has shaped their belief.  The course will look at Christianity and Islam and how a belief might shape a person’s response to modern day moral and social topics.  These are questions everyone thinks about and Religious Education will enable you to look at both sides including the views of non religious people.

What skills will it develop?

You will start to answer why things have happened rather than concentrating on what has happened.  When studying modern topics you will develop skills of critical analysis and see both sides of an issue.  This skill is very useful in all aspects of your schoolwork.

Course content

You will study 8 areas:

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Environmental and Medical Issues
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Belief in God
  • Life and Death
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Community Cohesion

Examinations

You will sit two exams at the end of Year 11

In conclusion

Religious Education at GCSE builds upon the foundations laid from Years 7 to 8 and is started in Year 9.  You will be required to think for yourself, whilst appreciating other points of view.  Employers are keen to see Religious Education as a GCSE as they realise the value of the ability to consider both points of view.  It will help you understand the traditions of the world you live in.

For more information see Mrs Bartlett or any member of the RE department.