RE

More than just an exam!

Religious Education is all about you, your life and the issues you face.  Preparing you for the society and the world you live in.

Staff:

Mrs S Dodds  – Head of Department

The aim of Religious Education in GHS is to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils.

In the RE department we aim to help pupils:

  • Develop an interest and enjoyment of RE.
  • Understand how RE is a powerful influence in people’s lives, society and the world.
  • Respect, understand and appreciate religious diversity.  Showing an awareness of other people’s beliefs and the society they live in.
  • Reach their academic potential, promoting a high standard of work and behaviour.
  • Explore religious and ethical issues in a safe environment where pupils can ask questions.  To develop enquiring minds where they can become sure of their own beliefs and explain them clearly to others.
  • To work independently and as a team.

Key stage 3 RE

In RE at Key stage 3 we follow the national curriculum.  We seek to make RE relevant and enjoyable at Key Stage 3.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils study the following units:

  • God and the Bible
  • The Life of Jesus
  • Judaism

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Year 8 pupils receiving Bibles from the Gideons.

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study the following units:

  • The Early Church
  • Love in Action – The life of William Wilberforce; Martin Luther King; and Corrie Ten Boom
  • St Patrick
  • Islam

Year 10

In Year 10 pupils study the following units:

  • Reconciliation: Prejudice; Sectarianism; and Reconciliation
  • Careers, work and unemployment
  • Right and wrong
  • Environment

GCSE

Studying RE for GCSE prepares you for life and gives you the skills you need to make decisions.  It is excellent preparation for studying A Level RE, History or English.

In GHS we study the following 2 GCSE Units:

Christianity through a study of Marks Gospel.

This unit introduces pupils to the life and teachings of Jesus along with the key principles in Christianity.

Pupils will explore:

  • Background to Marks Gospel
  • The identity of Jesus
  • Jesus the miracle worker
  • The kingdom of God
  • The death and resurrection of Jesus
  • The role and nature of Christian discipleship

An Introduction to Christian Ethics

This unit introduces pupils to the ethics within our society.

Pupils will explore:

  • Personal and family issues
  • Matters of life and death
  • Care for the environment
  • Equality
  • War and peace

Assessment

2 externally assessed papers:

Paper 1 – Marks Gospel

1 Hour 30 minutes – 50% (This paper is completed at the end of Year 11)

Paper 2 – Christian Ethics

1 Hour 30 minutes – 50% (This paper is completed at the end of Year 12)

There is no coursework component!

A Level

AS Level – Pupils study 2 units

AS2 – An introduction to the Book of Acts.

Pupils will explore the beginning of the Christian Church in Acts.  They will be expected to explore the relationship of this unit with other aspects of human experience.

50% of AS

25% of A2

1 Hour 20 Minute exam

 

AS6 – Religious Ethics, principles and practice.

Pupils will explore a number of themes and principles that are fundamental to religious ethics:  Natural Ethics; Law; Situation Ethics; Sexuality; Life and Death Issues.  They will be expected to explore the relationship of this unit with other aspects of human experience.

50% of AS

25% of A2

1 Hour 20 Minute exam

A22 – A study of Acts, Galatians and 1st Corinthians

Pupils will explore the work and writings of Paul.  They will also explore the connections in this unit with other areas of study and aspects of human experience.

25% of A2

2 Hour exam

A24 – Ethics and Society

Pupils will explore the contrasts and similarities between religious and non-religious ethics across a range of issues:  Human Rights; Environmental Ethics; War and Peace; and Ethics of Punishment.  They will also explore the connections in this unit with other areas of study and aspects of human experience.

25% of A2

2 Hour exam

Careers using RE

Many jobs appreciate the skills that you learn through studying RE, these are diverse and sometimes unexpected.  RE helps you with any job that involves working with others.

You should consider studying RE if you are considering any of the following careers:

Personnel Work; Teaching; Police; Nursing; social Work; Probation; Youth Work; Law; Community Work; Medicine; The Armed Forces