Course overview and skills within

RE Students from year 7 will develop an interest and enthusiasm for the study of Religion and the relationship between Religion and the wider world. Students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of Religion by exploring the impact of beliefs, teachings, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning. Students will finally express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.

How RE supports the values of TGAR

As a department we support the TGAR values by encouraging students to understand and comprehend the beliefs and values of others.

Exams and topics

For current year 11 GCSE students they are completing the compulsory GCSE of AQA RE full course to be last examined in 2017. There will be two exams

The units they will examined are as such:

Paper 2- Religion and life issues (1 exam) 

  1. Animal rights
  2. Planet Earth
  3. Prejudice
  4. Early life
  5. War and Peace

Students must pick 4 topics to answer in the exam which is 1 hour and 30 minutes

Paper 3- Religion and morality (1 exam)

  1. Medical ethics
  2. Elderly and Death
  3. Drug abuse
  4. Crime and punishment
  5. Rich and poor in Britain
  6. World Poverty

Students must pick 4 topics to answer in the exam which is 1 hour and 30 minutes

Year 7 to year 9

Students will look at a broad range of topics from mythology, the New testament, Judaism, Isalm, ethics, the problem of evil and the impact of religion on the modern day. The exam practice will be in line with the Edexcel GCSE B specification in regards to the style of questions asked.

Independent learning and RE

The department will post homework for students on showmyhomework but may also give material in other forms. This will encourage learners to do more work outside of class.

What career opportunities can RE lead to?

The issues discussed and studied feed into many A Level subjects, including History, Geography, Politics and Sociology.

It would be good for students wanting to study those subjects at university as well as Law, Medicine, Anthropology and Philosophy (and plenty of others).

It would also be very useful for any job in which you have to deal with a variety of people i.e. police work, medicine, law, education etc.

Key stage 5

In year 12 students will begin the new AS in religious studies under the guidenlines of the new OCR specification. Topics taught include:

  1. Philosophical language
  2. Arguments for the existence of God.
  3. Issues within philosophy such as the problem of evil and religious experiences.

Year 12 students will also complete a unit on ethics which includes:

  1. Normative ethics
  2. Business ethics
  3. Ethical theories around the world.

Year 12 will also complete a unit on Christianity as the religious studies topic.

The AS involves 3 exams under each overarching unit. If Students complete the AS and move to the A level students will continue with the OCR specification.

Our Current year 13’s are completing the final examiniation for the unreformed AQA specification to be finalised in summer 2017.

These students are completing their A level year with topics looking at

  1. Problem of Evil.
  2. The ontological argument.
  3. Religious experiences.

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