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Philosophy and Religious Education (PRE)

Subject Overview

The aim of the PRE Department is to develop a sense of curiosity in the religious beliefs of others as well as an understanding of why different groups of people behave the way they do.  Throughout PBL lessons, students are encouraged to express their opinions as well as learning to critically and sensitively consider the views of others.

KS3 Year 7: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3 Year 8: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3/4 Year 9: During Year 9, students are predominantly focused on exploring the basic beliefs of the 3 major world religions studied at GCSE: Islam, Christianity and Buddhism.  In the summer terms of Year 9, all students begin work on the GCSE course with the crime and punishment topic.  This ensures plenty of time in Year 11 for in-class revision to supplement that done at home.

GCSE Overview

All students complete a GCSE in Religious Studies.  The course is delivered over two years with 3 one-hour lessons per fortnight.  There is no coursework or controlled assessment for Religious Studies and students are assessed solely through two examinations at the end of Year 11.

Exam Board: AQA Religious Studies B 

KS4 Year 10: In Year 10, students complete the Religion and Morality unit, exploring issues such as religious attitudes to crime and punishment, drug abuse, the elderly and death.  We will also explore religious views about aspects of medical ethics including euthanasia, IVF and cloning.  

All topics, throughout both years of the course, are explored predominantly from a Christian, Muslim and Buddhist perspective although students are permitted to write about any of the major world religions in the exams.  

KS4 Year 11: The second year of the course is focused on the Philosophy and Ultimate Questions unit.  Through this section, students are able to examine ‘big questions’ such as whether or not God exists and, if he does, how he reveals his nature to humanity.  The course also covers more controversial issues such as religion versus science and the problem of evil as well as considering what happens to us after we die.
Throughout the GCSE course, students are encouraged to develop their ability to express their own opinions on these issues as well as beginning to recognise and counter potential flaws in their arguments.

Exam Details:

May 2016 – Religion and Morality paper – 1.5 hours – 50% of the final mark.
June 2016 – Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions paper – 1.5 hours – 50% of the final mark.