Head of Department: Mr S Vegh
Telephone: 01344 423041
Email: svegh@brakenhale.co.uk

All students in Years 9 and 10 follow the Eduqas GCSE RS full course.

GCSE Religious Studies offers more than just learning about different cultures and beliefs. The course gives students the opportunity to analyse and try to understand more clearly the causes behind many major concerns and issues in our world today – for example: the causes of war and attitudes to war; reasons why some people become pacifists; why prejudice exists; what is being done about hunger in the developing world; why we should care about pollution; whether marriage is still worthwhile today and the various attitudes towards abortion. Students can analyse both Christian and other religious and secular views on these issues. They can decide for themselves whether there is a right, wrong or best answer for any issue discussed. Looking at these issues gives students the opportunity to understand more fully the world they live in and develop the ability to form their own opinions, based on facts and informed discussion.

Course Content and Assessment
Religious Studies GCSE is divided into 3 different modules. There is no coursework module, which allows students to fully explore the course without the extra pressure of completing coursework. Therefore, as shown below, students will be fully assessed by 3 written examinations at the end of Year 11.

Modules Studied Module Content Assessment
Component 1
Study of Philosophical & Ethical Issues in the world
A philosophical and ethical investigation of issues concerning relationships, life after death, good and evil and human rights 2 hour written exam (50% of grade)
Component 2
Study of Christianity
An in-depth study of the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity 1 hour written exam (25% of final grade)
Component 3
Study of Islam
An in-depth study of the beliefs, teachings and practices of Islam 1 hour written exam (25% of final grade)

Religious Studies is beneficial to students who wish to have a firm humanities base to their qualifications, a wider understanding of what issues are important to people today and an opportunity to develop their skills of evaluation and analysis, which are of great importance for further education. Religious Studies is a popular subject with many employers and is highly recommended for any job which involves working with people; such as journalism, business, tourism, social work, law, teaching and nursing.

A visit to places of worship in the locality is linked to the course and speakers are invited to lessons for some topics e.g. abortion, war and peace, poverty and environmental issues.