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 'Our beliefs, whatever they may be, have a huge influence on how we live our lives. Our aim in the RE Department is to       encourage students to understand why religion is so important for so many people. We learn about a variety different religions and cultures to prepare students for life in a multicultural society, as well as exploring the beliefs of Atheists and Humanists in depth.'

At Key Stage 3 students take a thematic approach, learning about Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Atheism and Humanism.  At Key Stage 4, all students currently follow WJEC GCSE Religious Studies. This course explores contemporary issues such as belief in God, relationships, social harmony, medical ethics and matters of life and death.

As a department we endeavour to raise student awareness about their own values and beliefs, whilst promoting and developing respect for the values and beliefs of others: 'your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behaviour does'- Sukhraj Dhillon.

 

  Subject Leader: Miss Jones

 

GCSE Course Information:  

Short Course : written paper—100% - 1 hour 45 minutes

Full Course:   two written papers– 100% - each 1 hour 45 minutes                
All students will be taught the same course. 

There are no different tiers of entry. The course is a full GCSE.

 

What we study in this subject:

In Y10 and Y11 all students will continue to take the Religious Studies full or short course ‘Religion and Life Issues’, started in Y9.  The examination is set by the WJEC and looks at Christianity and one other religion.  The short course consists of four modules and a single paper for the final exam, whilst the full course has eight modules and two examination papers.

It is an interesting course in which we look at marriage and the family, the roles of men and women in society, religion and racism and the advantages and disadvantages of living in a multi-faith society.  There are also modules on why people do or do not believe in God, how a God can allow evil and suffering, medical ethics and religious expression.

It involves a lot of thinking and shows that you are aware of other people’s beliefs.  It also helps you to think through some of the big issues in life and prepares you to work and deal with people of different cultures.  It gives you the opportunity to explore beliefs in a safe and questioning environment so that you can explore your own beliefs and explain them clearly to others.

 

Assessment Format:

Two written papers of 1 hour 45 minutes each consisting of eight structured questions, using visual stimulus as a basis for a series of paragraph and extended writing answers, testing student skills, knowledge and understanding.

 

Possible Careers and Further Information:

This course is a useful lead up to A level studies in Religious Studies, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology.   Many employers, especially the police, armed forces and the caring professions, regard GCSE Religious Education as a good qualification.