RPE is a subject designed to inspire, captivate and encourage young minds to think about some of the deepest questions in the world today.
Lessons develop academic rigour for students and enables them to debate and discuss issues confidently and effectively.
We take an issues based approach to teaching, which allows students to learn more about other religions and cultures, and themselves.
Why study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics?
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is for thinkers; students who question and want a better understanding of the world they live in. We will discuss, explore and share ideas on a variety of religious, philosophical and ethical issues, including topics such as ‘What is the evidence for a God?’ and ‘Is there a life after death?’ We also deal with modern issues such as euthanasia, abortion and fertility treatment. You will approach these from your viewpoint and that of Muslims, Christians and atheists too. We focus on bringing this subject to life by listening to speakers of different faiths and engaging in projects.
Recent global research suggests that more than 84% of the world’s population follow a religion. Christianity and Islam have the most followers worldwide. One in two people is Christian and one in five people is Muslim. Exploring religious and philosophical ideas and beliefs in our modern climate has become increasingly necessary. You won’t regret studying RPE.
GCSE Course structure
Key areas and skills
- Develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism.
- Develops 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.
- Develops learners’ ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject.
- Provides opportunities for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life.
- Challenges learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contributes to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.
Main methods of assessment
Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World.
Two-hour written examination based upon knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the four key themes (50%).
Issues of Relationships
Issues of Life and Death
Issues of Good and Evil
Issues of Human Rights
Component 2: Study of Christianity.
One-hour written examination based upon knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the beliefs, teaching and practices of the religion (25%).
Component 3: Study of a World Faith.
One-hour written examination based upon knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the beliefs, teaching and practices of the chosen religion (25%).
Possible career pathway
Any career that involves people. This will give you a much deeper understanding of human behaviour. You will be encouraged to debate, research, question, challenge and think critically. These skills are relevant to any kind of job. You will be able to think for yourself, have a broader understanding of the world around you and the beliefs that shape it. Some jobs that ask for these skills are civil service, police, Armed Forces, social work, journalism, law, teaching, medical profession, third sector and a never-ending list of possibilities.