What course do we follow?
AQA GCSE Specification B
What will I learn?
This course focuses on the Catholic faith, and features the philosophical and ethical themes surrounding Catholicism. It ensures pupils will have a variety of contemporary themes to explore and discuss. Pupils of all abilities will learn how Catholicism plays a fundamental role in society and develop valuable transferable skills for further study. Students will also study another world faith. All pupils follow a two year course and are prepared for the AQA GCSE examination. Three sections of Specification B are studied.
How will I be assessed?
Religious Studies is by 100% examination with all three papers being examined at the end of year 11.
Paper 1: Catholic Christianity (50%)
A study of the belief and practices of the Catholic Church.
- The Triune God (The Trinity)
Paper 2: Judaism (25%)
A study of the belief and practices of the Jewish faith.
- The Torah
- The Synagogue
- The Promised Land – Israel/Palestine Situation
- Bar Mitzvah
- Kosher Food
Paper 3: (25%)
A study of ethics focusing on human rights, war and peace and world poverty.
- Religion, peace and conflict
Topics: War and Peace, Terrorism and Righteous Anger
- Religion, human rights and social justice
Topics: Sexism, LGBT and Poverty
What resources are used?
Teacher notes including Revision booklet
How will this subject help me in the future?
Post 16 qualification- A level Religious Studies focusing on Ethics and Philosophy. Degrees in Theology and Philosophy are offered at university. Career pathways include: medicine, law, education, emergency services, social work, journalism and Holy Orders.
GCE A Level
There are three areas of study:
In this study we look at Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism and Kantian Ethics. We look at the role of conscience and whether it is God given or a product of social conditioning.
This is the study of wisdom. Areas that are investigated range from the existence of God, whether the thinking mind is separate from the body, why is there evil in the world and is religious language factual and meaningful. We look at the great thinkers of all time such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Paley.
Recent Developments in Christianity There are many debates today in Christianity. We explore feminism and ask if there is room in the Catholic Church for strong female leadership?
Another issue is the relationship the Church has with other religions. Is there more than one path to salvation? Can we come to know God and be saved without the help of Jesus?
Other topics on this course include liberation theology, the rise of secularism and was Jesus really divinely inspired rather than divine.
This course is aimed at those who are open minded, can see more than one point of view and love to discuss and debate. An ability to write essays is desirable. If you can score 8 or above in the 12 mark evaluation question at RS GCSE then this course is for you.
How will I be examined?
Three exams at the end of Year 13. Each exam lasts 2 hours and students are required to write 3 essays in that time.
Former students who to this course have gone on to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, journalists, social workers,police officers and events management co-ordinators.