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GCSE Religious Studies

At Christ’s College Religious Studies is a core subject. It is a study of real life and real issues, in which we try to answer the big questions about God and the world around us. The course covers topics within the study of religious teaching and practice, and key philosophical and ethical themes. A range of viewpoints are considered throughout the course, however students will focus primarily on understanding Christian and Muslim approaches to the issues covered. Students start this course in Year 9 and will complete it in Year 10.

Outline of the Course

The course comprises the following components:

  • The study of religions
    • Beliefs, teachings and practices from Christianity and Islam
  • Thematic studies (likely content)
    • Religion and life
    • The existence of God and Revelation
    • Peace and Conflict
    • Relationships and Families

Success in this subject is a mixture of knowing the topics well and then being able to explain, analyse and weigh up points of view. You will need to have an open mind and be able to clearly explain not just what different people think and do, but why.

Assessment

There is no coursework involved with this course.  This is a linear course and assessment is done solely through written examinations at the end of the course in Year 10.  Students will sit papers in both of the assessment components mentioned above.

Why study Religious Studies?

Religious Studies is dynamic, engaging and relevant. You will consider real life issues affecting you and the people around you from a range of religious and non-religious viewpoints. You will get to have your say, and learn about what really matters in the world.  In the future, it could take you towards a variety of careers including the police, counselling, social work, nursing, youth work, teaching or philosophy – in fact, in any career that requires an understanding of people.

How to do well in Religious Studies

  • Get involved! Take an active part in the learning and have your say
  • Be open to other points of view and ready to listen to what everyone has to say
  • Develop your writing skills so that you can explain accurately and argue convincingly
  • Work hard to achieve your full potential
  • Listen to advice and feedback given on how to improve your grade
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