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