GCSE Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

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Would it surprise you to learn that more students now take RE at GCSE and A level than at any other time in the past?

Why do you think the subject has become so popular?

Understanding Society

Maybe its because our society has become so multi-cultural that issues of religion are becoming headline news. What people believe and how they behave has become a fascinating area of study.

The Choice of Employers

Just as important explaining the rise of students taking religious studies is the fact that employers really value the qualification. As one major high street computer games retailer recently told it’s recruitment teams

When employing staff look out for students of religious studies, they are usually very solid, reliable, thinking people will be likely to have good logical skills also be very people orientated.

A colourful and relevant subject

Would you like the same to be said of you? Would you like to learn more about religion and morality from worldwide perspective? If so opt for religious studies and join many thousands of students in the UK who can see the advantages of taking a very colourful subject which will teach you the life skills of critical thinking, evaluation, cultural understanding and empathy.

What other students have said

‘I am not religious but this GCSE has been really interesting. We’ve looked at two religions and have been encouraged to be critical of each’.

‘The subject is taught in a very exciting and up-to-date way’.

‘Visits and speakers were really interesting’.

What will I study?

Religion, Ethics &  Philosophy. This includes studying beliefs & practices in Christianity & Judaism. We also look at themes of Good & Evil, Life & Death, Relationships and  Human Rights. Within these themes pupils will study and evaluate issues surrounding topics such as capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, environmental issues, wealth and poverty, and life after death. Pupils will look and religious and non-religious responses to these issues.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by subject specialists in the study of religion two of whom are also WJEC assistant examiners. The department makes use of ICT PowerPoint, interactive learning, Internet, possible visits to places of worship and the opportunity to hear speakers. Teacher led class discussion and debate is also a key feature of the course. Homework and exam preparation are set regularly and assessments take place after each unit. After-school revision sessions are offered in the run-up to examinations and pupils will even have an opportunity to get one paper out of the way at the end of year 10 so you can spread the work load over two years.

Careers and Employment

Main ways of using RE in the world of work:

Careers where it is important or useful to have a knowledge of what really matters to people.

Health care, child care, medicine, psychologist, customer services.

Careers which make good use of the research, investigatory and report writing techniques learned in studying religion.

Law police work (forensics), psychology, Public services, management.

Careers where you need specific knowledge of religion.

Teaching, social work, archaeology, museum work, fine art, conservation, natural history, architecture, youth work and ministry.

Exam details

Exam board: WJEC

Assessment: Exam


Results have been excellent, over the last two years over 87% of students getting grade C or better.

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