Students are challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.
Students also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills help prepare them for further study.
In Route A students must answer questions on two specified religions in Component 1A Christianity and Islam and four from six religious, philosophical and
ethical studies themes in Component 2A, Relationships and Families (A), Religion and Life (B), Religion, peace and conflict (D), Religion, crime and punishment (E)
Christianity – beliefs, teachings and practices
Islam – beliefs, teachings and practice
Theme A- Relationships and Families
• The nature and purpose of the family
• Relationships and equality.
Theme B – Religion and life
• The origins and value of the universe
• The origins and value of human life
Theme D – Religion, peace and conflict
• Religion, violence, terrorism and war
• Religion and belief in 21st century conflict
Theme E – Religion, crime and punishment
• Religion, crime and the causes of crime
• Religion and punishment