GCSE Religious Studies

What does this subject involve?

Students will study the six world religions allowing them to have a good understanding of the major world faiths and by having a good knowledge of other people’s faiths it will assist students in their own individual spiritual path of development. Students will also develop their evaluation skills to give informed opinions to controversial issues whilst having the knowledge of other religious denominations views.

The course is the study of units centred around the study of religion and alternative viewpoints to religion. It will cover beliefs about God, matters of life and death, marriage and family, and Community Cohesion.

Why should I choose this subject?

It will develop your interest and enthusiasm for studying religious beliefs. It will extend your knowledge, skills and understanding by exploring the significance, impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning It will expect you to evaluate ethical issues, and express views using reasoned arguments with personal responses. It will allow you to debate controversial aspects of Islam that people do not agree on.

What skills will I need to succeed in this subject?

You need to have good communication and written skills – the course will develop your communication and leadership skills whilst also giving you knowledge of your opinions, beliefs, practices and your reasons for them.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

The main advantage of GCSE Religious Studies is that it prepares you for life and gives you the skills you will need to make the decisions every adult faces. It is also an excellent preparation for:

Who can I talk to for more information?

Mrs J Hawkins (Head of RS), Ms Nazir, Mrs Saddique.

 

Key Stage 3

Students will have the opportunity to examine the beliefs and practices of the six major religions, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Students will learn how belief affects a person’s life and leads them to behave and act in a certain way. In addition students will also develop and evaluate their own beliefs by comparing the similarities and differences in other faiths to their own beliefs.

What type of homework will be set?

Students will set 20-30 minutes of homework each week by the class teacher that will extend and consolidate learning within the classroom. This could be project based work or an extension task that explores the topics we have studied in greater detail.

How will students be assessed in Religious Studies?

Students will be continually assessed across the year in a variety of ways including written tests at the end of each half term, exam board practice questions, self assessment and peer assessment, and verbal feedback in relation to skills and reflective work. 

How can parents support their child's learning at home?

Regularly discuss your child’s learning at home. Consider relevant and topical news and current events and discuss the impacts of them on the world as a family. You can also assist your child by researching the topics studied in Religious Studies or going along to observe religious festivals taking place in the community.

 

Year 8

Throughout the year students will examine in more depth how having a religious /Non- religious belief influences their opinions to topical controversial issues. Year 8 students will study a variety of topics such as Belief in God, Life after Death, Peace and Conflict, Community Cohesion and Marriage and Family Life.

What type of homework will be set?

Students will set 20-30 minutes of homework each week by the class teacher that will extend and consolidate learning within the classroom. This could be project, based work or an extension task that explores the topics we have studied in greater detail. There will be a greater emphasis this year on preparation for GCSE work, therefore GCSE practice questions will also be set.

How will students be assessed in Religious Studies?

Students will be continually assessed across the year in a variety of ways including written tests at the end of each half term, exam board practice questions, self assessment and peer assessment, and verbal feedback in relation to skills and reflective work.

How can parents support their child's learning at home?

Regularly discuss your child’s learning and homework deadlines in R.S. Encourage revision and preparation for end of unit assessments. Consider relevant and controversial issues in the media and discuss the impacts of them on the world as a family.

 

Key Stage 4

At The Halifax Academy we study Edexcel Religious Studies Unit 4 and Unit 11. Unit 4 is based on religion and life, Christianity and Islam. This is a comparative on both religions in relation to beliefs and religious attitudes regarding various issues such as the scientific origins of the world, promoting racial harmony and attitudes to euthanasia. Unit 11 is based on the religion Islam and focuses on the beliefs and practices of everyday life.

What type of homework will be set? 

Homework is weekly and will be approximately 30 minutes or more. Types of homework will include research, revision, tasks and exam practice questions.

How will students be assessed in Religious Studies? 

Formal assessment will take place at the end of each topic. Throughout the topic students will be assessed on keyword meanings ensuring they know correct religious terminology, mini assessments to assess knowledge and understanding, and example key questions.

How can parents support their child's learning at home?

What can students move onto with Religious Studies?

Religious Studies is a subject where students can develop their skills of clear and logical thinking, critical evaluation, literacy and expression, presentation, enquiry skills and problem solving. Religious Studies can lead to a variety of careers in law, travel, advertising, human resources, publishing, journalism, the media and teaching.