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					                        The King’s School

              Religious Studies Department

               GCSE Philosophy and Ethics

                              Full course

           Welcome and introduction booklet




From
Mr I J Forsyth
Curriculum area manager for Religious Studies



              In Religious studies we are all aiming for A* success
Contents



Welcome note



Specification



Course outline for year 10 and 11



Internal mock exams for years 10 and 11



Outline of the Philosophy and ethics topics in the final examination



Revision / learning advice in years 10 and 11



Internal marking and rough the department’s rough grade guide



Religious studies Revision morning 2009



A sample question from a 2003 past paper



ICT Resources



OCR marking criteria



Religious Studies week



Gifted and Talented Philosophy conference for year 11



GCSE Religious Studies CD




                       In Religious studies we are all aiming for A* success
Welcome note

Welcome to the GCSE full course it is my hope we will work hard to achieve A*success. In
recent years here at King’s the Religious Studies team have had excellent Success in the school.
I have listed below the last years results.

                  Religious Studies Department celebrates success in 2007

                                 49% of students achieved A*
                                 70% achieved A* to A grades

                             91 students achieved A* to A grades
                   124 students out of 129 students achieved A* to C grades

                                96% achieved A* to C grades
                       3 students achieved 100% in both papers 1 and 2

                        Alice Cunliffe, Marcus Court and Sophie Davies

                                   AS Level results Year 12

                      AS Level Philosophy and Islam results 95% A - C %

                                   A Level results Year 13

                       A Level Philosophy and Islam results 93% A – C %



If you have any questions about any matter then please do not hesitate to speak to any member
of the RS team or myself.




From




Mr IJ Forsyth
Curriculum area manager of Religious Studies




                      In Religious studies we are all aiming for A* success
Specification

Here is the specification outlined below. Be aware if you miss any lesson over the two years then
you must ensure you speak to your RS teacher to get the notes and to catch up on any homework
that was set for the lesson you were absent.

                                  Topic 1 The nature of God
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with the fundamental question of belief in a Divine Being. Candidates
should be aware of the differing ways in which the religions studied understand this concept.
Candidates should also be aware of the ways in which symbols are used by religions to describe
God and aid worship.

                                       The nature of God
Reasons people give for belief in God. The authority of sacred texts for believers. Ways in
which, according to believers, God can be known - revelation through scripture and through
God's intervention in the world

                                          Christianity
Christian beliefs about the nature of God; Reasons Christians give in support of their belief in
God; The authority of the Bible for Christians; Belief in God intervening in the world through
miracles and in the person of Christ.

                                  Topic 3 Religion and Science
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with religious views about the origins of the world and of humanity, and
the extent to which these views can be compatible with scientific theories. It also addresses
religious understandings of the relationship between humanity and the rest of the planet.

Religious ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity Scientific ideas about the origins
of the world and of humanity Religious ideas about the purpose of humanity The relationship
between people and the rest of the planet - environmental issues
                                           Christianity
Christian ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity;
Scientific ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity: very basic understandings of
the Big Bang theory, and of Darwinian evolutionary theory;
Christian views about what sets people apart from animals; Christian ideas about stewardship;
Christian responses to environmental issues.

                               Topic 4 Death and the after life
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with religious concepts of life after death.
Understandings of the distinction between 'body' and 'soul'
Understandings about the afterlife. The concept of reward and punishment
The ways in which funeral rites reflect belief about life after death


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                                          Christianity
The ways in which Christians understand the distinction between 'body' and 'soul';
Understandings of heaven, hell and purgatory; The concept of God as judge, the relation
between moral behaviour and the afterlife; Christian funeral rites, and the ways in which these
reflect belief and aim to support the bereaved.

                                     Topic 5 Good and evil
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with the ways in which religions understand the nature and origins of
good and evil, and the ways in which religious believers cope with problems of suffering.
An understanding of ideas about supernatural forces of good and evil Religious approaches to
the question of why there is evil and suffering in the world Understandings of ways of coping
with suffering Religious approaches to the purpose of moral behaviour

                                          Christianity
Different beliefs about God and the Devil or Satan; Christian responses to the problem of evil:
the suffering of Christ; Coping with suffering through acceptance and prayer; Discovering the
right way to behave through the Bible, the example of Christ, the conscience; The reasons why
Christians try to follow a moral code.

                           Topic 6 Religion and human relationships
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with religious responses to ethical questions raised by human
relationships.
Understandings of the roles of men and women within a family Issues related to marriage and
divorce Marriage ceremonies and the ways in which they reflect belief and provide guidance
Issues related to sexual relationships and to contraception
                                           Christianity
The roles of men and women within a Christian family; Christian marriage ceremonies, and the
ways in which these reflect and emphasise Christian teaching about marriage; Christian beliefs
about the ethics of divorce;
Christian beliefs about sexual relationships and contraception.

                              Topic 7 Religion and Medical ethics
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with religious responses to ethical questions raised by medical issues.
Attitudes towards abortion and fertility treatment Attitudes towards euthanasia and suicide
Issues of the use of animals in medical research

Christianity
Different Christian attitudes towards abortion; Christian responses to issues raised by fertility
treatment; Christian attitudes towards euthanasia and suicide; Christian beliefs about the use
of animals in medical research.




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                                 Topic 8 Religion and equality
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with religious responses to moral issues related to equality. Different
views and teachings about prejudice and equality in relation to race and gender Attitudes
towards other religions Forgiveness and reconciliation

Christianity
Biblical teaching about equality; Christian attitudes towards racism; The role of women in
Christian society; Christian attitudes towards other religions: missionary work, evangelism,
ecumenism, Christian beliefs about the status of non-Christian religions; Christian beliefs about
forgiveness and reconciliation.

                             Topic 10 Religion Peace and Justice
Issues to be addressed
This Topic is concerned with religious responses to moral issues of war, peace, violence and
justice. Attitudes towards war. Attitudes towards violence and pacifism. Issues of crime and
punishment, government and justice

Christianity
Christian attitudes towards war: the Just War; Christian attitudes towards the use of violence
and towards pacifism; Christian beliefs about the treatment of criminals; Christian responses to
social injustice.

Course topic outline for year 10 and 11

Topics are taught in this order so that the topics can be examined in the mock exams at the end
of year’s 10 and 11

Year 10                                   Year 11
Topic 1              The Nature of        Topic 10             Religion Peace and
Philosophy           God                  Ethics               Justice
Topic 4              Death and the        Topic 5              Good and evil
Philosophy           after life           Philosophy
Topic 6              Religion and         Topic 8              Religion and
Ethics               human                Ethics               Equality
                     relationships
Topic 7              Religion and
Ethics               medical ethics
Topic 3              Religion and
Philosophy           Science




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Year 10 Internal mock exam taken in May 2008 in the main school hall

Philosophy Paper one                               Ethics Paper two
(Time duration one hour)                           (Time duration one hour)
Topic 1 Nature of God                              Topic 6 Religion and human relationships
Topic 4 Death and the after life                   Topic 7 Religion and medical ethics
Year 11 Internal mock exam November 2008         in the main school hall

Philosophy Paper one                                Ethics Paper two
(Time duration one hour and thirty minutes)         (Time duration one hour and thirty minutes)
Topic 1 Nature of God                               Topic 6 Religion and human relationships
Topic 3 Religion and Science                        Topic 7 Religion and medical ethics
Topic 4 Death and the after life                    Topic 10 Religion peace and Justice

Outline of the Philosophy and ethics topics in the final examination

All students will take two 2 hour exams. In the past the exam board has set them two weeks
apart. Students answer twelve questions. (Students answer three questions from four topics).

Paper 1 1931/01                           Paper 2 1931/02
Philosophy                                Ethics
Topic 1              The Nature of        Topic 6               Religion and
Philosophy           God                  Ethics                human
                                                                relationships
Topic 3              Religion and         Topic 7               Religion and
Philosophy           Science              Ethics                medical ethics

Topic 4              Death and the        Topic 8               Religion and
Philosophy           after life           Ethics                Equality

Topic 5              Good and evil        Topic 10              Religion peace and
Philosophy                                Ethics                Justice



Revision / learning advice in years 10 and 11

At the end of every unit you will be taking an end of unit test. This will last for 30 minutes. The
results will be marked sometimes by your RS teacher and by yourselves using the marking
criteria sheet in this booklet. Note your marks will be used for internal reports and the reports
sent home in year 10 and 11.




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Internal marking and rough the department’s rough grade guide
In the department all the internal end of unit tests are given a grade using the table below.
However be aware the marking given by the external examiner is marked using the same levels
and the grade boundaries are out of 84 for each paper.

Internal Rough Grade guide
Marks /20                                 Grade
18 - 20                                   A*
16 - 17                                   A
14 - 15                                   B
12 - 13                                   C
10 - 11                                   D
8-9                                       E
6-7                                       F

Religious studies Revision morning Friday 17th April 2009

In recent years we have had a successful Revision morning held in the King’s school hall. This
time is spent going over techniques for the exam and especially the Knowledge and
understanding for four topics. We have had over 50% of students and this has been an
enjoyable event. Notices will be given in the bulletin and a letter goes home to parents informing
you of the date.

A sample question from a 2003 past paper

                                 Examination paper June 2003

Topic 1 The Nature of God

(a) Describe what Christians believe about God.                                             [8]

(b) Explain why some Christians might find it difficult to believe in miracles.             [7]

(c) 'Believing in God is no longer important'

Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about
different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer.           [5]




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ICT Resources

First Web site
http://www.tsas-re.freeserve.co.uk/

Thorpe St Andrews School by Greg Dewar. This site has some excellent GCSE and A level
handouts which help you in your learning before the exam

Logon is: gcse and the password is anselm

For A Level the logon is: A level and the password is anselm
You can down load these excellent handouts and highlight them yourself.

Second web site
This site has power points and worksheets
http://www.religiousstudies.co.uk/
Click on the Full GCSE Revision course materials and power points
http://www.religiousstudies.co.uk/gcsedownloads.htm
This will get you the full course you choose the topics one six seven and eight for the short
course

Third web site
http://www.faithnet.org.uk/ks4re.htm

This site is excellent and has very detailed notes. This web site has been created for Edexcel
however the material is comprehensive for Philosophy and Ethics full course

Fourth web site
http://www.jfk.herts.sch.uk/class/re/ks4/Revision/PracticeQuestions.html

                               OCR marking Levels of Response

This OCR marking criteria is what the external examiners use for the marking of students
scripts.

Question A - Knowledge
Level 1     An attempt to answer the question. The inclusion of a small
[1 – 2]     amount of relevant information. Some facts may be reported in
            outline only. Answers may be simplistic and the essential issues
            ignored.
Level 2     A valid attempt to answer the question. Some of the relevant
[3 – 4]     information will have been selected with evidence of organisation.
            Information may be stated but lacking in detail.
Level 3     A competent attempt to answer the question. Selection of
[5 – 6]                    relevant
            material with appropriate development.
Level 4     A good response to the question. A fairly Comprehensive
[7 – 8]     account of the range and depth of relevant material.

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Question B - Understanding
Level 1     An attempt to answer the question with limited understanding of
[1 - 2]     religious language and concepts and of the relevance and
            application of a religion. There will be few explanations offered.
            Limited ability to recognise the relationship between an issue and
            the study of religion. Some facts may be reported in outline only.
            Answers may be simplistic and the essential issues ignored.
Level 2     A valid attempt to answer the question with some understanding
[3 - 4]     of religious language and concepts and of the relevance and
            application of a religion, although lacking in depth. The ability to
            make simple comparisons and recognise similarities and
            differences. Some ability to recognise the relationship between an
            issue and the study of religion.
Level 3     An appropriate attempt to answer the question with a wider level
[5 - 6]     of understanding of religious language and concepts of the
            relevance and application of a religion. The ability to recognise the
            relationship between an issue and the study of religion. The ability
            to recognise and handle religious issues.
Level 4     A good response to the question with the demonstration of a good
[7]         understanding of religious language and concepts and of the
            relevance and application of a religion.

Question C - Evaluation

Level 1      An attempt to answer the question. A statement of the obvious,
[1 - 2]      a one sided judgement with little or no argument.

Level 2      A valid attempt to answer the question. An expression of one
[3]          opinion directly related to the issue raised with an argument
             offered in support of it or a simple expression of two points of
             view.
Level 3      A competent attempt to address the question. The ability to
[4]          recognise some of the significance of the issue raised. The
             expression of opinions directly related to it supported with some
             use of evidence and argument.
Level 4      A good response to the question. The ability to recognise some of
[5]          the significance of the issue(s) raised and to express valid opinions
             about different points of view supported by evidence and
             argument.
             Reference must be made to the religion studied.




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Religious Studies week
Previous RS weeks
2004          Philosophy in art exhibition
2005          Humour in the Bible by John Bell (Iona Community)
2006          Problem of suffering by Professor Russell Stannard and visiting speakers giving
              small group workshops from different Faiths
2007          Paul Birch giving year 10 and 11 theatre workshops (Riding Lights Theatre group)
2008          To be confirmed
2009          To be confirmed

Religious Studies week 2007

Monday 29th October
Theatre workshops for Year 10 and 11 students in the King’s main school hall by Paul Birch from
the Riding Lights Theatre group. This is was a unique event where students had an opportunity
to create dramas for the C type answers

Past RS weeks have given us time to reflect and ask a variety of questions in the RS
department.

Gifted and Talented Year 11 National Philosophy conference
These conferences are held every year in the Quaker meeting House in London by Peter Vardy.
This gives students a wonderful opportunity to explore new ideas and have an opportunity to
debate current issues both in the media and in Philosophy.

GCSE Religious Studies CD
This CD is made available and a guide is given out on how to use this CD. Students have used this
CD to learn from using the hyperlinks to various sites on every topic.

Listed below are some of the folders on the CD

   1.    Power points from every lesson on every topic
   2.    Past paper questions examiners mark scheme and feedback
   3.    Religious Studies Booklets
   4.    Bible verses and quotes for every topic
   5.    Students dramas for C type questions
   6.    Handouts used in class
   7.    OCR marking criteria
   8.    Students bullet points for answering questions
   9.    Past revision morning power points and booklets
   10.   Concise power points for Revision purposes




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