GCSE Religious Studies
Philosophy and Ethics

How will this course help me?

The OCR GCSE Religious Studies course encourages students to:

· Discuss the philosophy and ethics of a range of belief structures, and to critically evaluate these in addition to your personal beliefs
· Develop knowledge and skills to engage in debate and discussion about life in modern society.
· Develop understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs such as humanism and atheism.

This means that there is a lot of reflection and discussion in GCSE Religious Education, as well as a focus on developing your own views, beliefs and attitudes.

Past students have said, that they liked having time and space to think about big issues which are relevant to them such as the meaning of life and how we came to be.

It is a fantastic subject for anyone considering a future career in law, management, social work, journalism and counselling as it will inspire you to challenge commonly held beliefs and misconceptions, as well as providing you with understanding of why other people may hold different beliefs and attitudes to those you hold.

With the world a rapidly changing place, students who have studied Religious Studies will be well placed to lead their generation and act to improve our society.

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 written papers taken at the end of the course:

Paper 1: Study of Religion 1 (Christianity) 25%
Students will be expected to answer questions about the beliefs, teaching and practices of Christianity.
Questions will cover a wide range of topics such as; beliefs about God, the importance of Jesus, why Christians pray and what Christian
pilgrimage involves.

Paper 2: Study of Religion 2: (Buddhism) 25%
Students will be expected to answer questions about the beliefs,
teaching and practices of a religion, which is NOT Christianity.
Questions will again cover a wide range of topics around themes such as; worship, prayer, pilgrimage and creation.

Paper 3: Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World
(Christianity) 50 %
Students will answer questions around 4 themes through a Christian
· Relationship and families
· The existence of God and the ultimate reality
· Religion, peace and conflict
· Belief and non-belief

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