GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES - KS4

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: TBC- currently Mrs A Williams (SLT link)
Teaching Staff: Miss A Ellis
Link Governor: Mr P Sharples

COURSE INFORMATION

Following the Edexcel syllabus, students will develop knowledge and understanding of two religions, enabling them to understand and articulate their own and others’ beliefs, values and commitments. Students will also develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, aiding in progression to AS and A level study.

COURSE CONTENT

Students will study two key areas of study, which are then assessed through two externally set examination papers. Firstly, students will study ‘Religion and Ethics’ in relation to Christianity, covering beliefs, marriage and the family, living the religious life and matters of life and death. Secondly, students will study ‘Religion, Peace and Conflict’, covering beliefs, crime and punishment, living the religious life and peace and conflict.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 – Religion and Ethics. Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 50% of the qualification
Paper 2: Area of Study 2 – Religion, Peace and Conflict. Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 50% of the qualification


YEAR 10

TERMUNIT OF STUDYKEY SKILLS / LEARNING
Autumn

Muslim Beliefs

Crime and Punishment

State

Outline

SpringChristian BeliefsExplain

Summer


Marriage and Family Life

Living the Christian Life

Explain with reference to a Source of Widsom & Authority

Evaluate

YEAR 11



Autumn

Living the Muslim Life

Matters of Life and Death

State

Outline

Explain

SpringPeace and ConflictExplain with reference to a Source of Wisdom & Authority
SummerRevisionEvaluate

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Oxfam Youth Group

A LEVEL/BTEC REQUIREMENTS

A GCSE in Religious Studies is usually not necessary to study the subject at AS/A2, but College Entry Requirements may need you to achieve a pass at 9-5 in most subjects.
A Level Courses: Religious Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Ask them what they think about current affairs and how they affect them. Encourage them to watch documentaries and read books on religion, philosophy and politics or people or events that capture their interest and imagination.

WHERE TO GO:

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Local Churches, Local Mosques
International War Museum, Manchester

WHAT TO WATCH:

The News
Hacksaw Ridge
Sally Phillips’ ‘A World Without Down’s’
Trevor McDonald’s ‘Inside Death Row’
Hiroshima (2005)

WHAT TO READ:

Newspaper Articles
I am Malala
Biographies of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X

ONLINE:

Truetube.co.uk
BBC Bitesize Religious Studies

FUTURE CAREERS:

A qualification in Religious Studies is a great advantage when seeking employment. RS is highly regarded as an academic subject, as students can gain knowledge and understanding about the world including the cultures, faiths and people within it. This prepares any student for the diverse, modern workplace, whatever field that may be in, as employers expect employees to be able to work with a wide range of people and to treat them all with courtesy and respect. Therefore, RS can set up students for careers in fields such as Law, Human Resources, Media, Police Force, Prison and Probation Service, Education and the Civil Service. Coupled with this knowledge, students will develop skills such as empathy, the ability to evaluate different points of view and to think critically, which will make them even more desirable to an employer. Additionally, the study of ethics through RS is also an excellent foundation for students hoping to pursue careers in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.