GCSE Religious Studies (Full and Short Course)

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What will I learn?

 All candidates study Specification B, Unit 1: Religion and Life Issues in Year 10. They will  study four topics: ‘Relationships’, which deals with issues of love, marriage and divorce; ‘Is It Fair?’ which deals with issues of justice and equality, including racism, sexism, wealth and poverty; ‘Looking For Meaning’ which deals with issues about God, life and death and ‘Our World’ which  explores creation and our place in the world.

In Year 11, candidates study Unit 2: Religion and Human Experience. They will study four topics: ‘Religion and Conflict’ which deals with issues of peace, forgiveness and conflict; ‘Religion and Medicine’, which deals with issues of medical ethics and the sanctity of life; ‘Religious Expression’, which deals with issues of expressing one’s faith and ‘Religion and State’ which deals with issues of law and order in religion and society.

How will I learn?

Lessons will involve a variety of activities to enable students of all learning styles to access the course. Good debating skills are needed both orally and in written form, and students will need to work well with others as well as on their own. Many lessons will involve discussion, the sharing of opinions and debate as well as individual study and group work. Many issues will be approached through the use of film, drama and real life case studies.

How will I be assessed?

All candidates sit the Short Course exam on ‘Religion and Life Issues’ at the end of Year 10. There will be four structured questions consisting of visual stimuli used as a basis for a series of paragraph and extended writing answers. Students’ knowledge and understanding will be assessed as well as their ability to evaluate different responses to religious and moral issues using relevant evidence and argument.

In Year 11, candidates sit a Further Short Course on ‘Religion and Human Experience’, in order to qualify for Full Course certification. All students sit the same examination paper in which grades are awarded ranging from A* – G

What next after the course?

The GCSE course offers the opportunity to study Religious Studies at AS or A level, which is a valuable subject to undertake for any career choice which involves working with people. A great deal of the course requires the use of philosophical analysis, very much wanted and respected by universities and other further education establishments.

Future employment opportunities?

A student, whose career ambitions include the caring professions such as nursing, social work, the probationary service, teaching and policing would benefit from studying RS. It is also particularly useful for the armed services, law, politics and medicine.