Religious Studies

Why study Social Ethics and Religion?

GCSE Social Ethics and Religion offers you the opportunity to study a range of highly topical and controversial issues.  It encourages you to think and debate about how and why people respond to ethical issues in everyday society.

You do not have to be religious to take RS and it is not about making you believe in any religion.  Instead, you need to be prepared to listen to other people’s viewpoints and find out why people believe what they do, as well as considering the important issues that affect everyone.

What will I study?

The course focuses on religious attitudes towards society and a range of ethical issues.  Here are some of the questions you will consider:

  • How was the universe created?
  • Is it right to kill murderers using the death penalty?
  • If God is real, why does evil exist?
  • Is genetic engineering ‘playing God’?
  • It is right to fight in wars?
  • Should men and women be treated equally?

What happens in lessons?

During lessons, you will investigate the changing society we live in, including science, nature and religion.  Time is spent researching attitudes towards these changes, both religious and secular.  You will challenge beliefs and search for evidence to support attitudes.  You will be encouraged to form and develop your own opinions and use reasons to justify these.  Finally, you will analyse and debate with your peers to challenge different points of view.

Contact Miss. Dalle Fratte for more details.

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Social Ethics and Religion involves two examinations at the end of Year 11:

  • 50% Paper 1 – 90 minutes
  • 50% Paper 2 – 90 minutes

What skills will I need?

To achieve the GCSE, you will need good skills in the following:

  • Independence of mind and initiative.
  • Interpreting, analysing and evaluating information.
  • Communication skills.
  • Developing or defending different arguments.