Religious Education: Year 9-10
WHAT is this subject about?
This course follows the AQA Religious Studies Specification A and is worth one GCSE. The course comprises of two written exams: Paper 1: Religion, Beliefs and Practices and Paper 2: Thematic Studies. This course is currently taught for two hours per week from Year 9 to Year 11.
Topic covered are as follows:
Paper 1: Religion, Beliefs and Practices
Paper 2: Thematic studies
Theme A: Relationships and Families
Theme B: Religion and Life
Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict
Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment
WHY should I choose this subject?
Cultural diversity is ever growing and we live in a global community. Having a clear understanding of both religious and topical issues which are at the heart of our society is key to survive today. Students will come across a plethora of people in their every day to day life moving forward past their secondary education. The skills developed within this course such as empathy, tolerance, mutual respect and understanding will only give students an edge when it comes to a range of jobs.
WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
The course comprises of two final exams at the end of year 11 in May. Both written exams are worth 50% of the students overall achieved grade. Students will continuously develop the necessary question structures, skills and exam knowledge to succeed in this course from the start of Year 9.
WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
Students should have good literacy skills as some of the exam questions are 12 mark essay style formats. Students should have a passion for topical issues, the news, learning of others beliefs and faiths and an interest in debating and learning alternative views. Students should have an interest in History, cultural topics and current affairs.
WHERE could this take me in the future?
The opportunities with this subject are endless as it is a synoptic course which has many close ties with so many other subjects. Previous students have gone on to complete A-Levels in subjects such as Philosophy, Philanthropy, Law, Sociology, Politics, Medicine and then chosen to progress onto University level. Professions where this subject would be useful are any Public service employment such as Education and schooling, Emergency services, civil servants, NHS, Social work. This subject would also be useful for Private sector employment such as Law, Politic, Managerial roles etc. It would also be useful in the voluntary and charity sector.