The Religious Education short course is compulsory at key stage 4.
What will I study on the course?
- Religious Education is everywhere
- Religious Education broadens your mind
- Religious Education is enjoyable
- Religious Education prepares you for life
It is a fun and engaging subject that will help you enormously throughout your life. Just as you are growing and developing, so is the world around you. The more informed you are about the events and people surrounding you, the greater the contribution you can make to the phenomenon that is life.
The aim of Religious Education is to make you aware of the diverse society around you. GCSE Religious Education provides you with opportunities to look at, in more depth, Judaism and Christianity as well as explore your own responses to a whole variety of contemporary, moral and social issues.
The course at GCSE encourages you to balance religious ideas and concepts with human experience. The course content allows you to evaluate and reflect upon your own views and opinions and it aims to develop your independent thinking and listening skills, in order to help your understanding and appreciation of the world around you.
RE GCSE option choice
Religious Education is a relevant qualification for any job, which involves working with other people. Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Armed forces, Police officers, Lawyers and Judges all need to understand issues surrounding religion, whether this be from religious attitudes to medical ethics and moral perspectives, multi-faith and multi-cultural issues in society and in addition the studying of UK law which has been influenced by religion.
Consider how a broad and deep knowledge of different world faiths and beliefs can help people truly understand the context of events around the world.
Religious Education encourages decision making skills, collaboration and independent working skills and the search for compromise and conflict solutions that work. It creates opportunities for you to develop skills of dialogue, interpretation and analysis.
All these are vital skills in a modern workforce where communication, collaboration and cooperation are core skills. As our world becomes increasingly interdependent and we interact with more diverse groups day to day, the spirit of enquiry fostered in RE is becoming ever more relevant.