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GCSE Religious Education

Religious Education is compulsory at GCSE level at the Fernwood school. We believe it plays an integral role in the life and health of our school, particularly given how diverse our community is. We want you to have a deep and comprehensive understanding of beliefs of others different to yourselves. We believe that through RE lessons, we can create opportunities for you to discuss issues that make people tick, issues that we’ll see in the news, issues that may come up in relationships now and in the future.

When you enter Year 10, you will continue with the GCSE course you have started in Year 9. We follow the Edexcel B specification which leads to a Full Course GCSE Religious Education. For the area of study entitled Religion and Ethics we will focus on the religion of Christianity.  For the area of study entitled Religion, Peace and Conflict we will focus on the religion of Islam.  We study these religions as they are the most widespread religions in Nottingham City as well as in the United Kingdom. The course is designed to help you develop an informed understanding and appreciation of how Christians and Muslims respond to moral and social issues through their beliefs, values and traditions. We also consider non-religious approaches and how religious believers respond to these.

Religion and Ethics in Christianity is split up into the following 4 units:

  1. Christian Beliefs
  2. Marriage and the Family
  3. Living the Christian life
  4. Matters of Life and Death

Religion, peace and conflict in Islam is split up into the following 4 units:

  1. Muslim beliefs
  2. Crime and Punishment
  3. Living the Muslim life
  4. Peace and Conflict

The full course GCSE option will involve two examination papers, one for each area of study.  Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long.  Students are entered in Year 11 for both areas of study.

Routes to employment

Studying religious education enables students to develop many transferrable skills including independent learning, reflective and analytical thinking and writing to support and evaluate opinions.

Students who have studied religious education go on to study courses at college, sixth forms and universities such as sociology, medicine, journalism, childcare, psychology, archaeology and theology.

Students have access to a wide range of careers and employment opportunities.  Any job that involves interacting with other humans will require some level of religious and cultural understanding.  These jobs can range from advice worker to newspaper journalist and any job in healthcare or law enforcement.  Having an understanding and appreciation of different cultures, faiths and worldviews equips individuals to relate to others in an informed and considerate way.

Options – GCSE Religious Education

GCSE RE is compulsory for all at GCSE level. In some few instances, students may need to be withdrawn to focus on core subjects, however this is rare.
NO – GCSE RE will be taught in mixed ability groups, across the bands within each year group.
Students will sit two exams in the summer of year 11. Both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes long. One paper is on Islam. The second paper is on Christianity.
Students will continue to study the religions of Islam and Christianity which they began in year 9.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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