Religious Education is a study of religions which includes an analysis and appreciation of wider philosophical ideas. The rationale behind the course is to give students a chance to understand how religions might affect the lifestyles of individuals and communities, before then looking at how religion has an influence on political, social, philosophical, and moral thinking in the 21st century.
Religious Education is not intended to persuade one way or the other about the ‘correctness’ of religion. It is there to encourage and allow students to make their own mind up by putting in front of them the relevant information and evidence, whether that evidence suggests or denies the existence of God or the reliability of religious doctrine. Religious Education is designed to allow students the chance to consider their own feelings and thoughts about such questions as ‘why am I alive?’, ‘is there a purpose to existence?’. It will also help them to explore their own moral opinions, as well as to compare and contrast these against the traditions of the major world religions
Mr C Booth
Curriculum Leader for Geography/RE
Religious Education KS3
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Careers using RE
The study of Religious Education can help to provide the background knowledge and understanding required for a wide range of career opportunities. There are many job roles where the study of RE helps to provide a suitable insight.
You may wish to become very committed to your religion and work as a leader for that faith. This is very demanding and requires considerable dedication. The title given to this role will vary depending upon your faith.
Dedicated religious work can also involve roles with the following; hospitals, the prison service, universities, schools, and the Armed Forces. This work is usually providing spiritual and moral guidance during times of difficulty. This is often delivered privately to individuals, but can also involve working with groups of people.
RE relates to many roles which require an understanding of people and a perspective on world affairs. Given the subject looks in detail at the beliefs of a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds, it can provide supporting knowledge for the following work areas:
However the above roles will also require further bespoke professional qualifications.
Getting started and progressing:
Religious studies at A-Level is offered by several local sixth forms. This can be combined with other subjects to make a complete timetable. Progression to degree level study is available in Religious Education and Theology. These subjects are also offered, with others, by several Universities to produce a ‘joint honours’ degree.
For those wanting to work as a representative of their faith, voluntary work and community involvement is usually required and represents a good starting point.