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Philosophy and Religious Education (PRE)

Exam Board: WJEC


Subject Overview

The aim of the PRE Department is to develop a sense of curiosity in the religious beliefs of others as well as an understanding of why different groups of people behave the way they do. Throughout PBL lessons, students are encouraged to express their opinions as well as learning to critically and sensitively consider the views of others.

KS3 Year 7: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3 Year 8: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3/4 Year 9: During Year 9, students are predominantly focused on exploring the basic beliefs of the 3 major world religions studied at GCSE: Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. In the summer terms of Year 9, all students begin work on the GCSE course with the Hinduism: Beliefs and teachings and Hinduism: Practices units. This ensures plenty of time in Year 11 for in-class revision to supplement that done at home.


GCSE Overview

All students complete a GCSE in Religious Studies. The course is delivered over two years with 3 one-hour lessons per fortnight. There is no coursework or controlled assessment for Religious Studies and students are assessed solely through three examinations at the end of Year 11.

The course is designed to be flexible and units can be taught in a different order especially if world events lend themselves to looking at a topic in depth at that time to show relevance.

KS4 Year 10: In Year 10, students complete the Christianity: Beliefs and teachings and Christianity: Practices unit. These look at key religious beliefs about God, evil and suffering, creeds, life and death of Jesus, sin, heaven and hell, types of religious worship, celebrations, evangelism and mission.  

All topics, throughout both years of the course, are explored predominantly from a Christian, and Hindu perspective although students are permitted to write about any of the major world religions in the exams.  

KS4 Year 11: The second year of the course is focused on the Religious, Philosophical and Ethical studies in the modern world unit.  This looks at the changing nature of RELATIONSHIPS, marriage, divorce, and same-sex relationships.  The idea of LIFE AND DEATH, who created us? Evolution V Creationism, abortion, animal rights, right to die and human rights. GOOD AND EVIL, morality, causes of crime, aims of punishment, death penalty and evil and suffering; where did it come from.  HUMAN RIGHTS, discrimination, extremism, personal conviction, poverty and prejudice.

Throughout the GCSE course, students are encouraged to develop their ability to express their own opinions on these issues and to give full details of why some people will disagree with them and to recognise and counter potential flaws in their arguments.

Exam Details:

May 2019 – Religious, Philosophical and Ethical studies in the modern world – 2 hour exam - 50% of the final mark.
June 2019 – Christianity: Beliefs and teachings/Practices – 1 hour exam - 25% of the final mark and Hinduism: Beliefs and Teachings/Practices – 1 hour exam - 25%of the final mark.