GCSE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Our GCSE RE course aims at encouraging students to
- reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life
- reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they will learn and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Component A: –The study of religions
Students will study beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam. They will seek to understand why Christians and Muslims hold these beliefs and explore the influence the beliefs and teachings have on daily human life. It is hoped that students will form their personal opinion on these beliefs and teachings and in turn develop their own values and character.
Component B: –Thematic studies: religious, philosophical and ethical studies
Students will study four themes which include issues of relationships, issues of life, issues of war and peace and issues of crime and punishment. They will explore Christian and Muslim views on these issues and understand how these views are/were arrived at. Students will be able to form their own personal views on these issues. These views will inform how they live and how they interact with others and function in a diverse society.
How will I be taught?
You will have 5 hours of lessons per 2-timetable weeks, over 3 years. Catch up classes will also be available.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by 100% written examination. This will be delivered through 2 examination papers.
Where can this subject take me?
The skills developed in this course will prepare you for further study in a range of courses at AS/A level. Courses where these skills are applicable include English, Sociology and Philosophy and Ethics. In addition knowledge acquired in this course equips people for many careers, especially ones in which individuals directly serve others. These include careers in law, Education, social care, Health care, journalism and tourism, to name a few.