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GCSE Religious Studies, Philosophy & Ethics

[Exam Board: OCR]

Why study this course?

GCSE RS is part of the new suite of GCSEs starting in September 2016.


From the beginning of time, humans have engaged in activities that we now call religion, such as worship, prayer, and rituals marking important life passages. Moreover, religions have always asked fundamental questions, such as: What is the true meaning of life? What happens to us after death? How do we explain human suffering and injustices? These questions are still relevant today.


Religious Studies is a lively and stimulating GCSE subject that provides a great opportunity for students to engage with current issues, developing social, cultural, political and historical awareness. It encourages philosophical thought and decision making skills, enabling students to discuss and analyse topics they encounter in society and through the media. RS helps students to develop an understanding of their own values and beliefs, gaining a greater sense of their own identity, learning how to respect the rights and responsibilities of others. The study of religion helps students to learn how to think critically, listen empathetically, speak thoughtfully, and write clearly - all skills that will be of great use no matter what you go on to do in life.


What content is covered?

The study of religions: teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam.

Theme A: Relationships and families.

Theme C: The existence of God and revelation.

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict.

Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through two examinations at the end of Year 11.

Those students who take this option will study for an additional Higher Project qualification in their RE short course time in Year 10 and 11. A Higher Project is equivalent to half a GCSE. They will be taught research skills and then find a topic of their choice to explore, completing a written project and giving a verbal presentation in Year 11. This is the GCSE equivalent of the Extended Project at A level. It is highly valued by employers and Universities, demonstrating developed skills in independent research and essay writing.

For further information, please contact Dr Corrigan (Head of RPE) at the school.


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