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Religious Education

Overview

In GCSE Religious Education learners will study important issues within society as well as considering philosophical questions on religious beliefs and the existence of God. Learners will discuss different topics and be encouraged to express their opinions whilst respectfully understanding that other people may have a different viewpoint. Religious Education provides learners with a deeper understanding of the diversity of religions and cultures within our community. Religious Education will therefore help in any environment that involves working with members of the public as well as colleagues.

Outline of Course Content

Year 7 topics include:

In Year 7 learners gain an insight into different beliefs, teachings and practices of different religions in the UK, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism. Some concepts that they explore include religious leaders, religious festivals, human rights and social injustice, places of worship and pilgrimage. Leaners have the opportunity to consider the impact that faith has on the life of an individual believer, as well as how it is shared amongst religious groups. They are also given the opportunity to reflect upon people’s beliefs and consider their own point of view.

Year 8 topics include:

In Year  8 learners will explore the concept of Multi faith Britain, which includes looking at what it means to be British to them. The rest of the year is spent studying the ethical issues of religion and life where learners will look at exploring the value of the world. For the remainder of the year learners will begin to look at different religious practices within both Islam and Christianity. This will help give an insight to the learners who decide to pick Religious Education as an option.

Year 9 topics include:

Learners study GCSE full course Religious Education with AQA. This includes a detailed study of both Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices. During the course learners will look at a range of different concepts from both religions. Within Christianity learners will focus on looking at the key beliefs which include the nature of God, The trinity and the life of Jesus. In Islam, learners will also study the nature of God, Holy books and the life of the prophet Muhammad as well as several other beliefs and practices. Learners also study important philosophical and ethical topics such as marriage and religion and life. These are studied from both religious and non-religious viewpoints.

Year 10 & 11 topics include:

Learners who choose to study Religious Studies at GCSE level will follow AQA with an in depth study of two main religions, Christianity and Islam. Learners will learn about the key beliefs and teachings of both religions as well as religious practices including prayer, worship and the celebration of religious festivals. 

There are also four ‘themed’ units of which will be studied in depth. These are: 

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, crime and punishment

Extra-Curricular and Enrichment Opportunities.

After school revision classes will be available to encourage learners to ‘go for gold’ and achieve successful outcomes, giving one to one guidance and support on improving exam skills. There will also be the opportunity of visiting other religious places of worship providing learners with a greater understanding of other faiths and cultures in our community.

Resources to support learning / ICT Resources:

Learners will have the opportunity to take part in a number of subject related educational trips and activities. Guest speakers are invited into school throughout the year.

Other Information:

Websites that learner would benefit from:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f