Aims of the course
Religious Studies is the fastest growing subject at GCSE. In a society that is now so multi-cultural, religion is headline news making the study of it not only topical but also essential to understanding the world we live in.
What will I study? – Course Outline
You will study Christianity and Islam in Unit 1. As we look at each religion and their core teachings, beliefs and practices.
In Unit 2 the course will look at the themes of:
- Life and Death
- Good and Evil
You will look at what these two religions teach about these issues but also have an opportunity to put forward you own point of view.
How will I learn? What skills will I acquire?
The Department makes great use of ICT, power-point, interactive learning, internet, visits to places of worship and guests speakers from within the Islamic and Christian communities here in South Wales. Teacher-led class discussion/debate is also a key feature of the course. Homework and course work preparation is set regularly and assessments take place after each unit. After-school revision sessions are offered in the run up to examinations and pupils will even have an opportunity to get one paper out of the way at the end of year 10 so you can spread the work-load over the two years. Pupils find this helpful. The knowledge and skills learnt within the RE course are important to living in today’s society.
How will I be assessed?
There are 2 papers – each one is worth 50% of the final mark.
Progression following this course. What’s next?
Taking RS also makes sense job wise, as one major High Street computer games retailer has recently told its recruitment teams: “when employing staff, look out for students of religious studies—they are usually very solid, reliable, thinking people who are likely to have good logical skills and also be very people orientated
This specification provides a suitable foundation for study of religious studies or related courses at AS or A2 where they study Religion and Contemporary Society, and Ethics.
Future career opportunities
There are three main ways of ‘using’ religious studies in the world of work:
- Careers where it is important or useful to have knowledge of what really matters to people: health care, child care, medicine, psychologist, customer services.
- Careers which make good use of the research, investigatory and report writing techniques learned in studying religion: law, police work (forensic), psychology, public services, management.
- Careers where you need specific knowledge of religions: teaching, social work, archaeology, museum work, fine art, conservation/natural history, architecture, youth work and ministry.
The skills learnt within the RS course are easily transferable to many jobs and careers.