Ethics and Beliefs

Year 9, 10, and 11 students will study the short course GCSE. They will develop and improve upon the skills acquired in year 9 and complete a study of how people believe and live their fait h in the world today. We study the key beliefs and practices of Islam and Christianity. We consider religious and non-religious views on the key issues faced in life, from birth to death or even media attitudes towards faith.

Outline of the Short Course GCSE

All students are presently following the GCSE Short Course entitled 'Believing and Living'. The 4 sections include some of the following issues:

  1. Believing in God: Belief and non belief in God, prayer, creation theories and the issue of evil and suffering
  2. Matters of Life and death: Belief and non belief in the afterlife, religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes towards euthanasia and abortion.
  3. Religion and the family: Beliefs on marriage, divorce, sexual relations and contraception.
  4. Religion and community cohesion: Beliefs and issues on gender role, equality, racial harmony, a multi-faith and multi-ethnic UK.


Skills in R.E.

You acquire 'transferable skills' such as:

  • researching
  • organising information into a usable way
  • communication skills. Oral and written
  • holding balanced viewpoints

Thinking skills of:

  • Investigation
  • Interpretation
  • Evaluation
  • Analysis
  • Expression
  • Synthesis
  • Application
  • Enquiry

Attitudes of:

  • Empathy
  • Self-understanding
  • Fairness
  • Respect

Jobs with RE

RE is a subject and GCSE that encourages you to consider your origins, beliefs and those of the people around you. The course is designed to explore the modern UK and the issue people of belief and non-belief face in their lives. The skills and knowledge developed throughout the course can support careers in...

Journalism - understanding faiths and practices
Armed forces - increasingly the armed forces look for GCSE RE as you have an awareness of who and why people live differently.
Banking and Business - the business community is global and you will meet people of all faiths.
Sports - to be a global athlete or work with sporting professionals you will be competing or training with people from all faiths and beliefs.
Social work - be it young people, families or the older generation, social work will ask you consider and respect different faiths. You will face ethical and moral dilemmas in your everyday work.

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