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Religious Studies - GCSE at Bonus Pastor Catholic College

Course description

Religious Education is one of the core subjects at the College, alongside English, Maths and Science. Our Department’s strong results have improved year on year. Students enjoy RE lessons and come to a deeper knowledge, understanding and love of the Word of God as revealed in Scriptures and the teaching of the Church. Students are also given the opportunity to reflect on their own lives and the big decisions that they are facing. The Department aims are to ensure all students are extended and challenged to learn about and learn from Catholic Christianity through lively and thorough analysis of the effects of the Roman Catholic tradition on aspects of Christian lifestyle and behaviour. The specification at KS4 and the schemes of work at KS3 conform to the requirements laid down by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Students at KS4 divide their examination between Years 10 and 11 and examples of the units of study covered are: Beliefs and Values: nature of God, beliefs about Jesus and the Holy Spirit, Christian values, and the meaning and importance of loving others Community and Tradition: Christian Ministry, Ordination of Women, Celibacy of the Clergy and the importance of the Apostolic Tradition Worship and Celebration: The Sacramental Life of the Church; Baptism, Reconciliation, The importance of the Mass, Living the Christian Life Believing in God; Causation and Design, Evil and Suffering, Meaning and purpose, Religious Experience. Matters of Life and Death: Abortion, Euthanasia, Paranormal, Life after Death, Sanctity of Life Marriage and Family Life: Purpose of Marriage, Catholic teaching on Contraception, Divorce, upbringing of children, homosexuality Social Harmony: Prejudice, Discrimination, Racism, UK as a multi-ethnic and multi-faith society, religious harmony.

Future opportunities

With further training, you could go into a job related to religious studies or the more general social sciences such as a Social Worker, Teacher or Youth Worker or you could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer. You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Religious Studies or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bonus Pastor Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years