The Religious Studies course offers learners a unique platform upon which to combine the theoretical concepts and beliefs in Christianity and Islam and apply these ‘truth claims’ to real life issues and problems. Students develop analytical skills through a range of real life issues as well as the promotion of high order thinking skills. A philosophical approach in order to boost a critical evaluation of different religious perspectives and their practical application in today’s society. Students explore why people believe in God and how religious experience can lead to a belief in God, the existence of evil and suffering in the world, what makes a community cohesive and how do religious organisations and the government promote racial harmony, Christian and Islamic perspectives regarding life after death, the controversial issues of abortion and euthanasia and the changing nature of the family as an institution. Students examine the reasons why wars occur and how peace can be achieved on a global scale, the reasons for conflict within families, Capital punishment, the role of tobacco, drugs and alcohol and the effects on society, the use of IVF and embryology to create life, stewardship and the environment, the role of the government in protecting Human rights and the emergence of situation ethics in Christianity.