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GCSE Philosophy and Ethics
Religious Education gives students valuable insights into the diverse beliefs & opinions held by people today. It helps with their own personal development & supports an understanding of the spiritual, moral, social & cultural questions that surface again & again in their lives. Learning about religion and learning from religion are important for all pupils, as religious education (RE) helps pupils develop an understanding of themselves and others. RE promotes the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of individuals and of groups and communities.
At GCSE level, religious education is concerned with the philosophy and ethics of belief: what do the major religions tell us? Why do they tell us these things? What does it mean to believe in that religion? What impact does those religions have on individuals and society? Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose, and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture.
The RE course is a 2-year programme of study leading to a highly valued GCSE qualification. The specific exam board has not yet been finalised, but all the major exam boards offering this qualification follow the same broad content, themes, and approach. Studying RE is not about you having a religious faith or belief, it is about understanding why and how others have those beliefs.
Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture by studying the beliefs and practices of two of the major world religions:
- Catholic Christianity
In addition, students will look at major themes in world religion today, looking at the philosophical and ethical questions that arise, for example:
- Relationships and families
- Religion and life
- The existence of God and revelation
- Religion, peace, and conflict
- Religion, crime, and punishment
- Religion, human rights, and social justice
There may also be the opportunity to examine religious texts as part of the enquiry into the world’s major religions.
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