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Religious Education

Why study RE?

RE at George Dixon is not about making religious experts; it is about giving young people the tools to make up their own minds about a variety of issues by looking at a wide range of viewpoints both religious and secular. Most students enjoy RE because they are able to express their own views about religion, life and society and listen to the views of others. It is a subject that they feel is relevant to their own lives and the world that we live in today.

What will I study?

In Key Stage 3, Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a three year course. Each half term students will study a new topic. The course is differentiated to cater for the needs of all students at George Dixon Academy.

Year 7

YEar 8

YEar 9

  • Introduction to RE
  • Festivals
  • Sacred Writings
  • The Existence of God
  • Inspiring People Within Religion - Buddhism
  • Spirited Art Competition
  • Suffering and Evil
  • Caring for the Environment
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Wealth and Poverty
  • Rites of Passage
  • Spirited Art Competition 
  • The Sanctity of Life
  • Philosophical and Ethical Questions
  • The Holocaust – The Effect on Jewish Practices and Beliefs
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Freedom Fighters

 

How will I study?

Lessons will be an exciting mix of debate, written and creative activities. Students also have opportunity to complete tasks on the RE laptops and participate in group presentations. Each lesson will also aim to improve your numeracy and literacy skills, as these are important in every subject!

 

How will I be assessed?

 There will be a written end of topic assessment at the end of each topic. 

Year 10

GCSE Option

Unit One: The Study of Religions – Christianity and Islam

  • Chapter 1: Beliefs and Teachings
  • Chapter 2: Practices

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete two exams, one for each unit.  The exams will take place at the end of year 11. There is no coursework.

  • Unit 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes exam
  • Unit 2- 1 hour 45 minutes exam

Year 11

Unit Two: Thematic studies – Christianity and Islam

  • Relationships and Families
  • Religion and Life
  • The Existence of God and Revelation
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete two exams, one for each unit.  The exams will take place at the end of year 11. There is no coursework.

  • Unit 1 – 1 hour 45 minute exam
  • Unit 2- 1 hour 45 minute exam

How can an RE GCSE help me?

Exam Board – AQA

The great thing about GCSE RE is that it does not limit students to any specific career path. RE develops critical thinking and evaluative skills which can be transferred almost anywhere. However those wishing to progress to the study of A levels such as Law, Biology, Psychology and Sociology will find the practice of examining issues from a range perspectives beneficial. Religious studies is all about trying to answer the big questions that we all think about now and again like ‘what is the meaning of life?’ or ‘what happens to us after we die?’  Religious studies is all about finding out what people believe and why.  Finally, religious studies will help you to consider and explore moral issues such euthanasia, prejudice, abortion and poverty.

Key Stage 5

Exam Board – OCR – 2 year linear course

The RE department offers philosophy, ethics and Christian thought at A ‘Level.

Religious Studies offers students the opportunity to question the philosophical and ethical ideas that are present within the British religious tradition. These are important as, even if we are not from this tradition, or any tradition at all, they inform and shape the society and the values that we live by. Everyday life, from newspaper articles to social media, from arts and literature to celebrity culture reflects these dilemmas of thought. These problems have been the source for some of the most influential and persistent of human questions; how should we live? What are we here for? Are we free? Is there a purpose to it all?

Year 12 - Year 1

Course Outline
Unit 1 – Philosophy of Religion – This unit explores the following issues:

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • Soul, mind and body
  • Arguments based on observation
  • Arguments based on reason
  • Religious experience
  • The problem of evil

Unit 2 – Religion and Ethics – This unit explores the following issues:

  • Natural law
  • Situation ethics
  • Kantian ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Business Ethics

Unit 3 – Developments in Christian Thought – This unit explores the following issues:

  • Augustine’s teachings on human nature
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Knowledge of God’s existence
  • The person of Jesus Christ
  • Christian moral principles
  • Christian moral action

Assessment – End of Year 13

Examination (100%)

Philosophy - 2 hour paper

Ethics – 2 hour paper

Christian thought – 2 hour paper

Year 13 - Year 2

Course Outline
Unit 1 – Philosophy of Religion – This unit explores the following issues:

  • The nature and attributes of God
  • Religious language: negative, analogical or symbolic
  • Religious language: twentieth – century perspectives and philosophical comparisons

Unit 2 – Religion and Ethics – This unit explores the following issues:

  • Meta- ethical theories
  • Conscience
  • Sexual ethics

Unit 3 – Developments in Christian Thought – This unit explores the following issues:

  • Religious pluralism and theology
  • Religious pluralism and society
  • Gender and society
  • Gender and theology
  • The challenge of secularism
  • Liberation theology and Marx

Assessment – End of Year 13

Examination (100%)

Philosophy - 2 hour paper

Ethics – 2 hour paper

Christian thought – 2 hour paper

Career opportunities

Studying religious Education allows you to explore how religious beliefs and practices shape and influence the world we live in. A GCSE in Religious Studies is a stepping stone to a wide range of future opportunities.  The skills you develop will support you in further studies and employment.  A good grade at GCSE will help you progress to an A level in Religious Education.

Furthermore as you enter the world of work, you will be expected to work alongside people with different beliefs than your own.   Religious Education will teach the skills and understanding needed to work with people of all faiths and cultures.   These skills are vitally important in all careers especially professions such as the police, retail, teaching, the law, the caring professions and the armed forces, in fact any profession that brings you into contact with other people.

Extra- Curricular Opportunities

  • Philosophy Club