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What are the aims of the course?
All students in year 9 will begin this course in the Autumn Term of this year, while still in Year 9.  This is to enable us to teach the full GCSE to the students rather than entering them for a short course (half) GCSE only.  This course leads to a full GCSE qualification. The topics covered are of vital importance to students as they prepare for a full and active role as an adult in modern society. Therefore it aims not only to give students a good academic qualification but also to help develop their thinking as more mature young people.  

What topics will I study?

 Unit 3 (Year 9 and 10)

  • Matters of Death (e.g. euthanasia)
  • Drug Abuse
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Rich and Poor in Society 

Unit 2 (Year 10 and 11)

  • Animal Rights
  • Planet Earth
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Abortion
  • War & Peace

Each topic studied focuses on Christian and Muslim responses.

What skills will I develop?
Students from any or no religious background are equally valued. The course is particularly attractive to students with inquiring minds who enjoy listening to alternative points of view, discussing these orally and on the written page and who want to show their own beliefs and thoughts through clear and informed conclusions.

What examination will I take?
AQA Religious Studies Syllabus B, Units 2 and 3.

What is involved with the examination?
Two examinations at the end of Year 11, both exam 90 minutes long.

What coursework will I have to complete?
There is no coursework requirement for this course

What independent study will I have to undertake?
Throughout the course the highest grades are kept for students who show evidence of extra research. This may involve using books, the Internet, newspapers/magazines and other sources of information such as seeking the views and reactions of friends and family

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
A Religious Studies qualification is widely recognized as particularly useful for careers working with people from different backgrounds e.g. journalism, law enforcement, legal professions,  medicine and health care professions, the armed services, and retail work.