GCSE Religious Education
What is the aim of Religious Education?
● 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 full course option is followed over two years and during the course you will study eight units of work. These are divided into two blocks of four units each and are designed to encourage you to balance religious ideas and concepts with human experience. The course content includes much scope for 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.
During Year 10, we look at the following units, focusing on Christian and Jewish traditions and beliefs, as well as our own.
Religion and Life Issues
● Is it Fair
● Looking for Meaning
● Our World
During Year 11, we look at the following units focussing again on Christian and Jewish traditions and beliefs and our personal responses to the key issues raised.
Religion and Human Experience.
● Religion and Conflict
● Religion and Medicine
● Religious Expression
● Authority – Religion and State
A Level Religious Education
The AS level course is followed over one year and during the course you will study two units of work. These have been chosen in order to develop your knowledge and understanding of the world around you, as well as build on the knowledge gained from previous study.
The units we will be studying are:
Unit 1: Introduction to Eastern Religions - Buddhism Option D: This unit looks at issues relevant in Buddhism such as:
- Life of Buddha
- Central Concepts - Wheel of Life and Three Jewels.
- Buddhist Lifestyle - Noble Eightfold path.
- Central Practices - Meditation and Puja.
Unit 2: An introduction to Religion and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion. It is divided into two parts:
Section A : Ethical thought, Aquinas natural law, Fletcher’s situation Ethics and Utilitarianism.
Section B: Arguments for the existence of God, challenges to religious belief and religious experience.
The A2 course, develops and build on the units studied at AS level.
Unit 3: A study of religion - Buddhism.
Unit 4: Religion and ethics - Ethical thought, deontological ethics, determinism and freewill.
Unit 5: Philosophy of religion - challenges to religious belief, religious experience and religious language.
For more information regarding this subject please see the prospectus here.