Why study Religious Studies?
If you enjoy…
- debating and exploring current social issues?
- learning about different peoples’ beliefs and practices?
- evaluating moral questions?
- questioning why things are the way they are?
- analysing other people’s arguments?
- writing justified responses to questions?
…then RS could be for you!
You will explore some key questions about our lives on earth
- What do Muslims and Christians believe in?
- What’s God like?
- Why is there evil in the world?
- What is the purpose of life?
- What happens after we die?
Religious Studies is concerned with people, their beliefs and lifestyle, and their responses to a variety of current moral, social and philosophical issues. It can therefore be viewed as one of the most useful, stimulating and interesting subjects to study at GCSE.
This course allows you to study religious and non-religious ideas as well as philosophical and ethical ideas. You will also look at the major World Religions of Christianity and Islam in detail.
The course consists of studying 2 religions and 4 themes.
The 2 religions we study are:
The 4 themes are:
- Crime and Punishment
- Peace and Conflict
- Relationships and the Family
- Religion and life.
How Will I Be Assessed?
Your final assessment will consist of 2 examinations related to the two religions and four themes that we study.
There are no tiered papers or controlled assessments for Religious Studies.
What skills will I gain from taking Religious Studies?
- Improved discussion skills
- Reflection on your own beliefs and values
- Exploring alternative views and drawing reasoned conclusions
- Skills of enquiry and critical reflection on issues and ideas
- Better understanding of the complexity of beliefs, values and moral issues, and their application in everyday life.
What type of students do well at GCSE RS?
Conscientious, hardworking pupils who are open minded to learning about different beliefs and values and who themselves are interested in sharing their own perspectives.
Students who study Religious Studies may go on to study A Level Philosophy or Religious Studies. There is also a range of job sectors where the skills learnt through RS are highly beneficial including:
- Travel and tourism
- Health and social care
- Public services
- Legal studies
Is there anything else I need to know?
You do not have to have any particular faith yourself to study Religious Studies at GCSE. The exciting and diverse course will challenge your ideas and perceptions and enable you to explore the opinions of others.
If you have any questions about GCSE RS, please contact Mr Ward or Mr White, Director of Humanities.