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Religious studies - Philosophy & Ethics

Religious Studies - Philosophy & Ethics

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Why should you choose Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics? 



To get employment or into sixth form or college you need GCSE’s. Religious Studies, is a great academic qualification for any job that involves working with people, as it helps you understand people and why they act in the way they do. Employers are looking for someone with an enquiring mind, a critical thinker with an appreciation of different viewpoints, and an ability to think for themselves. These skills are developed in this course. If you want to work with people, especially in the caring professions, this subject will give you plenty to think about. You will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare you for the future.  


Career Options 

Nurse, receptionist, office worker, armed services, journalist, social worker, lawyer, policeman, paramedic, diplomat, philosopher, teacher,  in fact anyone who works with people will find a GCSE in Religious Studies  useful 


What else could you get out of Religious Studies? 

Religious Studies gives you a chance to study two religions, (Christianity and Islam) and philosophical and ethical questions, like: 

  • What’s the value of life? 
  • Why is there evil in the world? 
  • How do we make moral and ethical decisions? 
  • Is abortion, war or assisted suicide ever right? 
  • Is there a God? If so why is there suffering in the world? 
  • What happens after death? 

These are some of the topics that are debated and discussed. 


How is the course assessed? 

Assessment; Two written examinations each lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.  


Component 1  

Study of  Christianity  


Component 1  

Study of  Islam 


Component 2  

Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World.  


Attitudes to Learning  


Students need to be curious about the world we live in and have an open mind regarding people’s beliefs. An inquisitive mind that thrives on understanding other cultures. 

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