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Religious Studies GCSE at Parliament Hill School

Course description

Exam board: OCR Team Leader: Mr P. Kayser, Why take it? Pathway? Religious Studies up to the end of GCSE is compulsory. All students must study RE so we have created a course at Parliament Hill that is exciting, interesting and relevant to our pupils. All pupils will have the opportunity to study GCSE RE Full Course, with A Level available in the 6th Form. The GCSE covers a range of topics within philosophy and ethics, ranging from arguments for the existence of God, to the relationship between religion and media, as well as units focusing on war, medical ethics and poverty. The A Level course focuses on a mixture of Western Philosophy and Applied Ethics. Quotes from Year 11 “Studying GCSE Philosophy and Ethics has really helped me to develop my writing. I really feel more confi dent in all my essay writing because of the skills I have learned.” “I have always enjoyed debating and GCSE RE has given me an opportunity to look at lots of different thought provoking issues, like medical ethics and the relationship between religion and science. It has also taught me how to be more open-minded and objective.” Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) GCSE Religious Studies B Paper 1 – Philosophy = 2 hour examination = 50% Paper 2 – Ethics = 2 hour examination = 50% Tiers on entry The scheme of study is not tiered. All pupils attempt the same examinations, covering all ability ranges from A* to G. Candidates who gain Grades D to G will have achieved an award at Foundation Level 1 (Level 1 of the National Qualifi cations Framework). Candidates who gain Grades A* to C will have achieved an award at Intermediate Level 2 (Level 2 of the National Qualifi cations Framework). Requirements for A level/ Laswap Students need to have successfully gained a minimum of a C Grade in GCSE RE and also 5 good passes including a minimum of a C Grade in English. Description of course The GCSE Specifi cation allows pupils to build upon the Locally Agreed syllabus and QCA Key Stage 3 syllabus. The course allows pupils to explore a number of issues that covers a breadth of religion and beliefs. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore a number of ethical and philosophical issues that are accessible and relevant, whilst also providing interest and suitable challenge. While each unit will focus upon the beliefs from a particular religion, this will always coincide with the comparing and contrasting of other faiths and beliefs. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices through the way that these are applied to a number of relevant, modern day issues. Pupils will be encouraged to express and refl ect upon their own beliefs, learning how to properly respond to criticisms and alternative views, while covering issues of faith, meaning, purpose and values. Year 10 Unit B603: Ethics 1 • Religion and Medical Ethics • Religion and Human Relationships Unit B604: Ethics 2 • Religion and The Media • Religion and Equality Year 11 Unit B601: Philosophy 1 • Beliefs about Deity • Religious and Spiritual Experience Unit B602: Philosophy 2 • Religion and Science • Good and Evil Events / trips / residential information To be arranged Useful websites religious_studies.shtml http://www.

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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