Religious education

GCSE in Religious Education - Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Why study this subject?

Philosophy and Applied Ethics is a very successful GCSE at the Academy. This GCSE helps improve your understanding about a range of contemporary moral issues and explore the beliefs of people from around the world.

What will I learn?

In Philosophy you will look at religious explanations and ideas as to how we come to be here and will cover such topics as Deity, End of Life, Good and Evil, Religion and Science. In Applied Ethics you will look at ideas and arguments about what is right and wrong in ethical situations. Topics that will be covered include Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth, Peace and Justice, Equality. All topics will be studied from the point of view of Christianity and Islam.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught using a variety of texts, DVD’s and Power Point presentations. You will use the ICT facilities available and there is a lot of group work, discussion and debate. There will be opportunities for out of school visits and to meet with visiting speakers.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your attainment. Regular assessments will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve a GCSE in Religious Studies - Philosophy and Applied Ethics.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

Religious Education will allow you access to a number of careers and further education pathways. Many employers, especially the police, armed forces and caring professions regard GCSE RE as a good qualification. It shows you are aware of other people’s beliefs and of the nature of the society you live in, it helps you to work and deal with people of different cultures and beliefs and it helps to remove ignorance, which causes prejudice. Skills you will develop on this course include team working and communication. Success on this course shows that you are interested in and aware of the world in which you live.

Post-16 Progression

A-Level Religious Studies is a challenging A-Level course open to all who achieve a high grade in GCSE Religious Education. This supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Religion, Education, Social Sciences, Law and more.

How much homework will I have to do?

There will be one piece of homework set per week. This may take the form of learning key terms, carrying out research or completing examination questions. You will also be expected to work independently to develop your knowledge and understanding of Religion.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can find out about this qualification by speaking to any member of the RE department.


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