Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

Students will study GCSE Religious Studies (full course) as part of the core curriculum subjects in KS4.

Thamesmead’s Ofsted report 2017 said

“Year 10 pupils say that they enjoy religious education lessons, which give them good opportunities to discuss controversial issues in a safe environment”.

What will I study as part of GCSE Religious Studies?

What is the exam format?

Final examinations: 2 papers worth 50% each

Exam Board: Edexcel

Unit 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

This unit examines two of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today: Buddhism and Christianity.  Christianity is of course the main religious tradition in Great Britain today.  This unit studies the beliefs, teachings and practices of these religions and their basis in sources of wisdom and authority as well as the influence on individuals, communities and societies.  Within the Buddhist tradition, the course will refer to Theravada, Mahayana, Zen and Pure Land Buddhism.  In Christianity, students will refer to a range of different Christian perspectives including Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.

Unit 2: Thematic studies

This unit studies religious, philosophical and ethical arguments relating to a number of different issues and their impact and influence on the modern world.  The issues include:

Relationships and families, including sex, marriage and divorce.

Religion and life, including abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation.

Religion, peace and conflict, including violence, weapons of mass destruction and pacifism.

Religion, crime and punishment, including corporal punishment, death penalty and forgiveness.

What careers or courses might this lead to?

Religious Studies can be taken at A ‘level in some local colleges and 6th forms. Careers in teaching, law, business, local government, social or youth worker, emergency services, NHS, management, HR, ministry, journalism or charity work could be considered.


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