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Religious Studies

Religious Education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops your’ knowledge and understanding of principal religions and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. In doing so, it requires you to use a variety of academic skills such as philosophy, theology, history and psychology collectively to examine the role and importance of faith and belief.

All students take RE as a GCSE and it continues to be a popular and successful subject. Students are entered for the full GCSE course with over 50% achieving an A*- A. It is also the most chosen AS/A level subject with over 100 students studying it in the Sixth Form.   The skills and knowledge gained from studying RE make it a valuable subject in further education and for many future careers.  Topics studied include:

Key Stage 3

Terms

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Religious festivals

Islam

Religion and themes (charity, conflict, love, suffering, equality)

Buddhism

GCSE Religious Studies Specification A:

Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment

2

Sikhism

Christianity

Women in religion

Hinduism

GCSE Religious Studies Specification A:

Theme D: Religion peace and conflict

3

Religious leaders

Wealth and poverty

Judaism

‘Does God exist?’

GCSE Religious Studies Specification A:

Theme A: Relationships and families

Religious Studies Key Stage 3 Assessment Guide HERE

 

Key Stage 4

At GCSE students study the key beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam and the ethical problems caused by variety of medical, social and world issues. The course is assessed by two 1.75 hour exams at the end of Year 11.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

Year 10

Christianity

1. The nature of God:  The trinity, judgement, heaven and hell.

2. Jesus:  His role as son of God and saviour

3. Worship:  Prayers, Baptism and the Eucharist

4. The role of the church:  Charity, evangelism

Islam

1.  Key beliefs:  The articles of faith, oneness of God, Angels

2. Authority:  Prophethood, the Qur’an, Shi’a Imams

3. Worship:  The 5 Pillars, focus on Shahadah and Salah

4.  Duties & festivals.  Zakat, Sawm, Hajj and Jihad

Year 11

The second paper studies ethical issues.  These can be approach from a Christian or Muslim (or both) perspective along with secular (non-religious) views.   Issues covered include:

1. War, violence and terrorism

2. Abortion and euthanasia

3. Crime and Punishment

4. Family, marriage and divorce

Key Stage 5

AS / 'A' Level has two distinct sections; A study of philosophy and ethics and a detailed study of Christianity.  AS assessment will be a 2 hour and 1 hour paper.  ‘A’ Level will be assessed by two 3 hour papers.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/as-and-a-level

Year 12

Philosophy & Ethics

This section looks at the main arguments for the existence of God such as design and cosmological, the problem of evil and suffering and the nature of religious experience.

It also studies a variety of different ethical theories, such as Natural Moral Law, Situation Ethics and Virtue Ethics and how these theories approach certain issues such as theft, lying and various medical dilemmas.

Christianity

This unit considers the various sources of wisdom and authority followed by Christians, such as the Bible, the Church and Jesus.  It also considers key beliefs about God and the afterlife and the way Christians should act in a variety of ethical and world issues.

Year 13

Philosophy & Ethics

This year focusses on religious and ethical language and the meaning of certain key words such as ‘good.’  It also looks at the nature of miracles various philosophical views on their existence.

The importance of the conscience and the existence of free will are also studied along with a number of secular ethical theories such as the Categorical Imperative and Utilitarianism.

Christianity 

This year looks at Christian views on gender and sexuality and considers the challenges to religion from science, secularisation and multiculturalism. 

 

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