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Sir john lawes school

GSCE Religious Studies Short Course

OCR Religious Studies B: Philosophy and Applied Ethics

What is involved in the course
What is involved in the Course?

Students need to complete 2 modules for a Short Course GCSE and 4 modules of study to gain a Long Course GCSE in Religious Studies (to be opted for in Year 9).

By the end Year 9 students will have completed one module and will have started the second module.

What are the modules of study
What are the Modules of Study?

All Students will start the Short Course in September. The first module is called What is Philosophy?. This will included:

  • Beliefs about Deity

  • Religious and Spiritual Experience

  • The End of Life

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  • Students will start their first ethics module named What is Ethics? around Easter and will study:

  • Religion and Human Relationships

  • Religion and Medical Ethics

  • Religion, Poverty and Wealth


This course is completely exam based and these will be taken at the end of Year 10 and 11 if you continue to Full Course.

There is No Coursework for this course

So why religious studies so good
So why Religious Studies so good?

Those who enjoy debating, analysing and interpreting information will thrive on this course as we teach our students how to delve deeper into the argument and texts to gain a better understanding of peoples’ ideas. You will also be encouraged to put across your own thoughts and ideas about the modules we study.

Ethics and philosophy are diverse areas of study which offer individuals an almost limitless world of possibilities.

Social sciences a humanities enrichment course
Social Sciences: A Humanities Enrichment Course

What is It?

Students will be given the opportunity to gain an introductory understanding of the following range of social science subjects:

  • Psychology

  • Economics

  • Politics

  • Philosophy

  • Sociology

    Each subject will be taught in half term modules and in the final half term they will complete an independent study task investigating a social sciences topic of their choice.

What will you do
What will you do?

Pupils will learn about the contribution of each subject area to social sciences as a whole and how this impacts on human understanding. They will have the opportunity to look in-depth at a number of topics relevant to each subject area. For example:

  • In Economics they will learn about the causes of the world recession

  • In Politics they will learn about different voting systems

  • In Philosophy they will learn about different aspects of thinking

How will you be assessed
How will you be assessed?

Pupils will develop a portfolio of their work during the year. They will also be required to give presentations and will be assessed on their practical work. All pupils will be given a certificate at the end of the year, with exceptional students being able to gain a distinction.

Thank you
Thank you!

And remember

‘Life can only be lived forwards, but understood backwards.’

(Soren Kierkegaard)