Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website: AQA – Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
|Religious Education Curriculum Summary|
|Year 7||This section will be updated shortly.|
|Philosophy and Ethics|
Philosophy and Ethics is about life and the issues pupils will face when they leave College and go into the multi-ethnic, multi-faith society which is the United Kingdom. Never before has an understanding of worldwide political, moral and religious issues been more important. The course involves a great deal of thinking and discussion, making pupils more aware of other people’s beliefs and helping them form their own opinions about the world. It helps pupils to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. Philosophy and Ethics enables pupils to have a much greater and deeper understanding of themselves, empowering them with the insight and maturity needed to succeed in a global economy. It also gives pupils the opportunity to explore religious and moral beliefs in a safe but questioning environment, so that they respect other people’s ideas while clarifying their own.
Philosophy and Ethics is not about making pupils ‘religious’. It is about enabling pupils to think for themselves about issues from a religious and non-religious viewpoint.
Christianity – and at least one other religion – will be studied in each section.
Philosophy and Ethics (Religious Studies) is recognised as an increasingly important qualification for all careers where working with people is a key element. It is valued in a wide variety of careers from Journalism, Law, Politics, Education, Social work, Medicine, Acting, he Police Force or even the Army. It is a recognised academic qualification valued as much as other Humanities by the Russell Group Universities.
What will I need to succeed?
Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practicesComponent 2: Thematic studies
Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices in Christianity and Islam
Component 2: Thematic studies
Students should study the following 4 themes for Component 2. Relationships and Families
Religion and Life
Peace and conflict
Crime and punishment
Expected Assessment Requirements (1-9 Grades)
How it is assessed
Component 1:Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)50% of GCSE
Component 2:Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)50% of GCSEWhat it can lead to after leaving Swanmore College?