Ethics & Philosophy GCSE

Mrs. E. Goldbey

Head of Department

ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY and BELIEF: 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES GCSE 

Examining Board AQA 

Reasons For Studying This Subject: 

Religious Studies is a valuable, challenging and relevant subject because: 

(a)  It examines moral issues in the 21st Century and encourages you not only to develop and express your own opinions and beliefs, but also to value those of others. Those who plan to enter careers which offer a service to the public, or involve                   working closely with people, will find it a useful qualification. Examples are: nursing, medicine, social work, teaching, the police and the armed forces. 

(b)  It develops invaluable skills for those interested in careers in Law, Journalism and Management. These are an ability to deal with abstract concepts, the competent handling of a variety of arguments, including their analysis and evaluation, and finally an ability to reach an informed decision.

You do not have to be a Christian or hold any religious beliefs. You must be             open-minded and willing to discuss issues. Good literacy skills are essential. Religious Studies is as academically demanding as any other subject. It is usual for Religious Studies to be accepted by most major employers. 

What You Will Be Studying: 

Modules 1 – includes the study of two religions: Christianity and Judaism which will examine the beliefs and practices of both religions. Students will explore the teachings of the faith communities and will hopefully have the opportunity to meet with members of the faith communities. Topics include the Problem of Evil and Religious Festivals. 

Module 2 – Thematic studies (religion and ethics in the modern world) includes a study of contemporary issues e.g. prejudice and discrimination, crime and punishment, human rights, peace and conflict, humanism, abortion and euthanasia. 

In both modules you will consider a variety of different opinions and beliefs, including both religious and non-religious responses. You will need to evaluate these responses and form your own conclusions. This study is a sound foundation for the A Level course, as it introduces students to the philosophical skills of logical thinking and critical analysis. 

How You Will Learn: 

You will be involved in discussions, role plays, debates, research, presentations and an examination of a variety of sources, including newspapers, government reports, television programmes, videos, statements of various religious leaders and visiting speakers, visits to places of worship. You will be expected to work in groups and individually at other times. 

How You Will Be Assessed: 

2 examination papers;  

Module 1 = 1 hour 45 minutes paper   

Module 2 = 1 hour 45 minutes paper  

No coursework / controlled assessment. 

Contact:  Mrs Goldbey –  Head of Ethics & Philosophy