RE and Citizenship

Why study RE & Citizenship?

Religious Studies is not about making you ‘religious’, it is about enabling you to think for yourself about religious and moral issues. It is about you, your life and the issues you will face when you leave school and go into the multi-ethnic, multi-faith society which is the UK.

Citizenship helps you to develop the skills you need to decide for yourself. You will investigate issues that really matter and work out what can be done about them. You will also learn skills in taking action and presenting cases.  If you are interested in the world and people around you, this is the subject for you.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

Religious Studies prepares you for life and gives you the skills you will need to make the decisions every adult faces.  It is also an excellent preparation for: A Level Law, Sociology and Psychology, A Level Religious Studies, History and English.  It will also benefit jobs such as, medicine, the police and the armed forces.

Citizenship will help you to see the world from other people’s points of view and understand what’s going on around you. The range of activities you will be involved in will help you to work with others and see the benefits of being part of a team – and even leading a team. There are lots of opportunities to put these skills to work when you reach 16.

What will I learn?

Religious Studies covers  a variety of interesting topics such as the different attitudes to human rights, genetic engineering, environmental problems, transplant surgery, infertility treatments, war, bullying, religious conflicts in families and crime and punishment.

You will also investigate why some people believe in God and some people don’t, why some people believe in life after death and some people don’t.  You will also look at different attitudes towards issues such as abortion, euthanasia, sex, marriage, divorce, homosexuality, contraception and family life.

Citizenship will help you to understand how an individual can change things, so it explores how we make laws, our place within the economy, what pressure groups do, and how we all relate to the rest of the world.

The media are also important because they influence how we think – so we need to work out what their messages really mean. There is also a focus on communities, how we all live together, and our similarities and differences. The aim is to help you to understand and play a part in the world locally, nationally and internationally.

What skills will I acquire?

Both subjects will give you the skills to think deeply about society, relationships and important questions of our times. You will discuss, analyse and form opinions on the key issues, and communicate those opinions both orally and in writing.

How is it assessed?

Your GCSE in Religious Studies will be assessed by two 1½ hour examinations that will draw on your ability to describe, give your opinion, explain and evaluate a variety of the issues covered.

Your GCSE in Citizenship will be assessed by two 45 minute ‘short answer’ exams and 2 pieces of controlled assessment.  The controlled assessment will require you take part in a ‘campaign for change’ in our local area.