KS4 RE from July 2017
AQA GCSE Religious Studies
Students study TWO religions (Christianity and Judaism) including their teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues that follow, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of these issues.
Christianity; the nature of God, Jesus Christ and salvation, different types of worship and festivals, the role of the church in the local and worldwide community.
Judaism; the nature of God, the Covenant and the mitzvot, the synagogue and worship, family life and festivals.
Relationships and families; human sexuality, sexual relationships before and outside of marriage, contraception and family planning, marriage, same-sex marriage and cohabitation, divorce, including reasons for divorce, and remarrying, the role of parents and children, extended families and the nuclear family, the purpose of families, procreation, stability and the protection of children educating children in a faith, contemporary family issues including: same-sex parents, polygamy, the roles of men and women, gender equality.
Religion and life; the origins of the universe, religious teachings about the origins of the universe, and different interpretations of these the relationship between scientific views, such as the Big Bang theory, and religious views, stewardship, dominion, responsibility, awe and wonder, the use of natural resources, pollution, animal experimentation the use of animals for food.
The origins of human life, and different interpretations of these the relationship between scientific views, such as evolution, and religious views, concepts of sanctity of life and the quality of life. abortion, euthanasia, beliefs about death and an afterlife, and their impact on beliefs about the value of human life.
Religion, crime and punishment; Good and evil intentions and actions, reasons for crime, views about people who break the law for these reasons, views about different types of crime, including hate crimes, theft and murder, the aims of punishment, the treatment of criminals, ethical arguments related to the death penalty.
Religion, human rights and social justice; prejudice and discrimination, issues of equality, freedom of religion and belief including freedom of religious expression. Human rights and the responsibilities that come with rights, including the responsibility to respect the rights of others. Social justice. Racial prejudice and discrimination.