Religious Education is the study of religions and of philosophical ideas. The rationale behind the course is to give you a chance to analyse and understand how religions might affect the lifestyles of individuals and communities, before then looking at how religion has a direct and huge influence on political, social, philosophical, and moral thinking in the 21st century.
Religious Education is not intended to persuade you one way or the other about the ‘correctness’ of religion. It is there to encourage and allow you to make your own mind up by putting in front of you the relevant information and evidence, whether that evidence suggests or negates the existence of God, and the reliability of religious doctrine. Religious Education is designed to allow you the chance to consider your own feelings and thoughts, moral opinions and beliefs, and to compare and contrast these against the traditions of major world religions
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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.