Religious education

GCSE in Religious Education

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Why study this subject?

Religious Studies is a very successful GCSE at the Academy. This GCSE helps improve your understanding about a range of contemporary moral issues and explore the beliefs of people from around the world.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the beliefs teachings and practices of the Christian and Islamic religions. You will also study four religious, philosophical and ethical themes; Relationships and Families, Religion and Life, Religion, Peace and Conflict and Religion, Crime and Punishment. You will have the opportunity to meet with visiting speakers and to take part in visits.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment. Regular assessments will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course. You will always know what grade you are working at and how to improve your performance and progress.
This GCSE is assessed by examination only. There are two papers each of 1 hour 45 minutes.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve a GCSE in Religious Studies at a grade that reflects your work ethic and commitment.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

Religious Education will allow you access to a number of careers and further education pathways. Many employers, especially the police, armed forces and caring professions regard GCSE Religious Studies as a good qualification. It shows you are aware of other people’s beliefs and of the nature of the society you live in, it helps you to work and deal with people of different cultures and beliefs and it helps to remove ignorance, which causes prejudice. Skills you will develop on this course include team working and communication. Success on this course shows that you are interested in and aware of the world in which you live.

Post-16 Progression

A-Level Religious Studies is a challenging A-Level course open to all who achieve a high grade in GCSE Religious Studies. This A-level supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Religion, Education, Social Sciences, Law and more.

How much homework will I have to do?

There will be one piece of homework set per week. This may take the form of learning key terms, carrying out research or completing examination questions. You will also be expected to work independently to develop your knowledge and understanding of Religion.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can find out more about the qualification by speaking to a member of the RE staff or by looking at the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062



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