GCSE Religious Studies (Short Course)
Religious Studies has a distinctive status in the school curriculum. Although the subject is not part of the National Curriculum, the law says that schools must teach it to all their pupils.
Pupils at Bro Morgannwg will follow the Religious Studies Short Course for G.C.S.E.
The course provides an opportunity for students to:
- Acquire knowledge and develop understanding of the beliefs, values and traditions of one or more religions;
- Consider the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions associated with one or more religions;
- Consider religious and other responses to moral issues;
- Identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions of life raised by religious and human experience, including questions about the meaning and purpose of life;
The course consists of 4 units on ‘Religion and Human Experience’.
Unit 1 – Religion and conflict Issues of war, violence and peace
Unit 2 - Religion and medicine Issues of medical ethics and the
Sanctity of life
Unit 3 – Religious expression Issues concerning one’s faith
Unit 4 – Authority-Religious & state Issues of law and order in religion
Summary of Assessment
Pupils will sit ONE paper of which will be 1 hour 45 minutes at the end of year 11. The examination paper will consist of structured questions based on a written or visual stimulus, and there will be an opportunity for candidates to write at length.
GCSE Religious Studies (Full Course)
Pupils who wish to follow Religious Studies Full Course
(Fast-track pupils- set 1)
This is a two year course
There will be an opportunity for some pupils to receive a full G.C.S.E Religious Studies grade. They will follow the same course content as above for year 10, and in year 11 they will follow a separate option on ‘Religion and Life Issues’.
This again has 4 units:
Unit 1 – Relationships Issues of love, marriage and
Unit 2 – Is it fair? Issues of justice and equality
Unit 3 – Looking for meaning Issues about God, life and death
Unit 4 – Our world Exploring creation and our place in
Summary of Assessment
Pupils will sit two papers at the end of Year 11, each of which will be 1 hour 45 minutes.
The examination papers will consist of structured questions based on a written or visual stimulus, and there will be an opportunity for candidates to write at length.
Entry Pathways – Humanities
Pupils who are not able to follow the G.C.S.E Short Course will have the opportunity to follow Entry Pathways in Humanities. This is a two-year course based on the same topics that are covered by the Short Course.