Religious Studies GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School
Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Theology and Religious Studies - History, Philosophy and Theology
What does the course involve?
It will build on the course followed in Year 9, focusing on applying principles to issues of concern in the world today.
You will study two options:
1) Thinking about God and Morality
This will include topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God; suffering and evil; abortion; prejudice and discrimination; poverty; war and peace; environmental issues.
2) Truth, Spirituality and Contemporary Issues
You will look at how we decide things are 'true' and how we use 'evidence'. You will also look at further issues that affect society, e.g. matters of life and death; crime and punishment; attitudes to rich and poor.
At the end of the course there will be two examinations. There is no coursework in this option.
Why choose Religious Studies?
It is a central humanity subject as it deals with human concerns and the way in which peoples` religious and moral values affect society. Studying this subject, therefore, gives you an insight into the issues raised in many other subjects, but also helps you to develop your own ideas about the important concerns that face all human beings.
Don`t let anyone suggest this is an `easy` option. It isn`t - it will make you think! However, if you are prepared to work you can do well. This subject is usually used as a stepping stone to careers such as nursing, teaching, journalism, law, management, etc. It is regarded as an academic subject both at GCSE and `A` level by all Authorities and Universities. So if you enjoy this subject, you may think about it for GCSE. It doesn`t matter whether you are religious or not - all you have to be is interested and want to find out more about issues that concern us all today.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.