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Religious Studies GCSE
Specification: OCR (J625)

All pupils at TWGGS are offered the opportunity to study GCSE Religious Studies in five hours of lesson time each fortnight. The GCSE specification has been deliberately chosen to prepare pupils to play an active role in the world in which they live. It covers three areas:

  • (1) Christianity: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices;
  • (2) Judaism: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices;
  • (3) Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the Modern World from a Christian Perspective. .

In the Christianity: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices module, we examine the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith. Christianity has around 2.2 billion followers, representing between a quarter and a third of the earth’s population. It is the world’s largest religion and the state religion of several countries. Culturally, Christianity is indispensable for understanding much of European history, art and literature.

In the Judaism: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices module, we examine the beliefs and practices of the Jewish faith. Judaism is one of the oldest of the major world religions. All the other major monotheistic religions claim descent from it. Its influence on western civilisation has been incalculable and it continues to be a major presence in current affairs.

In the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the Modern World from a Christian Perspective module, we examine such diverse subjects as war and peace, marriage and divorce, the family, atheism, philosophical arguments for God’s existence. Christianity is used as a starting point for a consideration of these issues. Pupils are not expected to agree with its perspectives, and all views are respected. A variety of perspectives are thoughtfully considered, as appropriate – perspectives such as Humanism, Individualism and occasionally, other religious traditions. By ranging across a wide variety of moral topics and considering them from a selection of different angles, pupils are encouraged to develop their analytical skills and broach a number of issues that will undoubtedly continue to pose a dilemma for society throughout their lives.

The skills developed by the course include debating, empathising, evaluating and the production of extended writing.

CORE RELIGIOUS STUDIES

In addition to the optional GCSE course in Religious Studies (above), all KS4 pupils at TWGGS take a course in Core Religious Studies. Religion is a huge power in the world, and it will impact on the pupils in the course of their lives. Britain is an unusually non-religious (secularised) country, but even here, according to the most recent UK census in 2011, only 25.7% of people describe themselves as definitely having no religious affiliation (as opposed to 59.5% who self-define as Christian, 4.4% as Muslim, 1.3% as Hindus and 0.4% as Jews). Globally, religion is even more dominant. Whatever their faith, or not, pupils need to know about it.

Core RS at TWGGS fulfils the requirement of the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education that all students in KS4 “should extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of religions and worldviews (including non-religious worldviews), explaining local, national and global contexts.”

Over Years 10 and 11, Core RS will be delivered in five different modules of roughly six topics each:

  • A. What is Religion? (Autumn Year 10)
  • B. Religions and Conflict (Spring Year 10)
  • C. Medical Ethics & Sexual Behaviour (Summer Year 10)
  • D. Philosophy of Religion (Autumn Year 11)
  • E. Religion and Society (Spring & Summer Year 11)

Core RS is delivered in one hour of lesson time per fortnight.





Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus