What is Religious Studies?

This subject explores core beliefs, teachings and practices of at least two religions, with an understanding of how they can be applied to philosophical and ethical themes. It provides opportunities for learners to understand more about the world, the religious challenges it faces and their place within it.

The Course

The GCSE R.E course will:


  • develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism

  • develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying

  • develop learners’ ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject

  • provide opportunities for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life

  • challenge learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community

  • provide learners with the opportunity to study Welsh perspectives, which arise naturally from the subject matter, enriching learners' understanding of the world around them

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Religious Studies

Miss L. James and Mrs. A. Pittick

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