Leehurst Swan School


Independent Co-Educational Day School

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Religious Studies

Religious Studies GCSE Short Course/Full Course

It is an increasingly popular subject at GCSE and A level; it helps to improve your general knowledge about Christianity, one of the World’s major religions; it helps you to form opinions, present different points of view and to discuss moral issues. It enhances studies in PSHCE. Christianity is the main faith of the United Kingdom.   Religious Studies gives pupils an opportunity to understand Christian attitudes and the background to many social and moral issues.

Religious Studies lessons are compulsory for Years 10 and 11. Pupils are prepared for the OCR GCSE examination. They study two papers and will be examined at the end of the course.

Religious Studies links well to Citizenship and PSHCE topics and encourages pupils to reflect more widely on moral issues.  It is well regarded by employers and it is preparation, if desired, for ‘A’ level studies in Religious Studies or perhaps Philosophy.

Pupils studying for the full course attend the two compulsory lessons with the short course candidates and will attend additional lessons, allowing them two library study periods a week.  (It may be run as a lunch time club or an after school club if only a few candidates wish to study for the full GCSE course).