Why study Religious Studies
RS is part of the Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum.
RS at The Heath intends to allow students to develop their understanding and appreciation for cultural and religious beliefs and practices. Knowledge and understanding of these key elements provides the opportunity to cultivate a deep respect for cultural and religious expression. RS at The Heath is integral in allowing students to understand religious difference, break misconceptions and build tolerance.
RS aims to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs and practices.
- Foster an understanding of difference and build tolerance as a result.
- Develop GCSE skills throughout the RS experience.
- Allow students to freely express their views appropriately in a safe and supporting environment.
- Give students the opportunity to use knowledge, understanding and skills to respond effectively in assessment-based activities.
Knowledge of other cultures and world religious beliefs can be useful in many jobs where you are working with the public or communities. These include counselling and social services, marketing, sales and advertising, catering and hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, retail sales and customer services, education and training, medicine and nursing, and service sector roles.
Applied and job-related learning
There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs and diplomas) linked to religious studies, including:
- travel and tourism
- health and social care
- uniformed public services
- legal studies
There are some apprenticeships associated with religious studies such as:
- arts, media and publishing, e.g. exhibition guide, visitor services support
- leisure, travel and tourism, e.g. tourist guide, travel adviser
- health, public services and care, e.g. community support worker
- education and training, e.g. learning support assistant
Academic subjects – such as A levels
- You can study religious studies.
- Related subjects include health and social care, geography, law, history, classical civilisation, sociology, philosophy, psychology, government and politics, communication and culture.
Skills and qualities - from studying religious studies
Some jobs particularly require problem solving skills and creative thinking to recognise problems and their causes, to identify a range of possible solutions and then assess and decide the best way forward.
You’ll need to be able to tolerate waiting, delay, or frustration without becoming agitated or upset. Some jobs require lots of patience such as dealing with customers or clients who may be upset or unwell, and job roles where you have to explain or repeat information or instructions.
If your job requires verbal communication, you may need to write or give speeches and presentations. For jobs which require written communication skills, you will need to write clearly and convincingly – you could be producing or dealing with legal documents or writing articles for a newspaper. You may also require good listening skills, the ability to negotiate, or to be persuasive.
You’ll need good reading and writing skills. This could include a good standard of spoken and written English, and good knowledge of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
You’ll need listening and speaking skills, as well empathy to build friendships and ensure good working relationships.
Careers using Religious Studies
- Aid worker
Aid workers provide support, food, resources, and infrastructure to people in need.
- Air cabin crew
Air cabin crew look after and keep airplane passengers safe.
- Construction project manager
Construction project managers deal with the day-to-day running of a construction project.
- General practitioner
General practitioners (GPs) are doctors who provide medical services to people in their practice.
- Hospital doctor
A hospital doctor diagnoses and treats illness and disease in patients admitted to hospital.
- Human resources manager
Human resources managers deal with recruitment, training and retention of staff.
- Newspaper journalist
Newspaper journalists research and report the news, publishing their work in newspapers and online.
- Nursery worker
Nursery workers look after small children.
- Police officer
Police officers investigate and prevent crime.
- Primary school teacher
Primary school teachers teach children from the ages of four to 11
- Religious leader
Religious leaders offer support to followers of their religion through spiritual and moral guidance.
- Secondary school teacher
Secondary school teachers teach children from the ages of 11 to 18.
- Wedding planner
Wedding planners help organise weddings.
- Youth and community worker
Youth and community workers provide support for young people.