At GCSE level students study religion over 5 periods a week and follow a curriculum of St Mark’s Gospel and Christian Ethics.
Why Study GCSE Religious Studies?
(It is part of the NI Curriculum Compulsory Subjects for Christian schools).
Religion plays an important role in our society and can influence what people think, feel, and believe. Through studying Religious Studies, students get a broad look at how religion and spirituality form the basis of our culture.
Religious Studies also helps students develop marketable/transferable skills and aptitudes including:
- analytical and strategic thinking;
- research skills;
- critical judgement;
- the ability to work with abstract, conceptual ideas;
- an ability to ‘understand both sides’ and negotiate and resolve conflict;
- problem-solving skills;
- leadership skills;
- understanding of the impact of conflicting ideologies; and
- an appreciation of human diversity, belief systems, cultural and spiritual experiences.
These skills are particularly useful for future careers in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration or the media.
St Mark’s Gospels includes topics such as:
- Identity of Jesus
- Jesus the miracle worker
- Death and Resurrection of Christ
- Kingdom of God
The unit on Christian Ethics includes topics such as:
- Personal and Family Issues
- Matters of Life and Death
- Care for the Environment
- War and Peace