GCSE Short Course Course Content

aqa Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Examination: 100% (No coursework).

This course begins in Year 9 and continues through Year 10. The time allocation for the short course GCSE examination is 1 lesson per week. Pupils will sit a 1 hour 45 minute examination papers at the end of Year 10.

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is accepted by all universities and colleges as a valuable qualification and is approved by major employers as a valid examination qualification. It is particularly relevant to many jobs which require an understanding of others and the ability to relate to people of different backgrounds. It is particularly suited to careers such as teaching, public affairs, law, journalism, travel and tourism, the military and social work.

Students will study the topics below. Although the topics below relate to Christianity and Islam, this course places a greater emphasis on the ideas behind key issues and the reasons why these ideas exist.

  1. Religion, Peace and Conflict
  2. Relationships ans Families

As the course continues you will be encouraged to look at: What people believe, Why they believe and How those beliefs influence behaviour.

Often there are no standard answers to the questions we look at. You are encouraged to think things through for yourself and to examine important questions with an open mind.As there is no coursework, the emphasis throughout the course will be on exam technique and developing key skills that will enable you to revise successfully.

Students will have the opportunity to top this half a GCSE up to a full GCSE by opting for Philosophy and Ethics Full Course.

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