Religious Education

Staff:

Curriculum:

Religious Education at Key Stage 3

Students have two lessons of Religious Education per fortnight in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.
The Religious Education Curriculum at Key Stage 3 is taught through the following programmes of study:

Year 7

  • The Island (Introduction to Religious Education)
  • Who is Jesus, and why is he important?
  • What is the power of Stories?
  • Why Worship?
  • Sacred Places and Spaces

Year 8

  • What can we learn from Sikhism?
  • Why should we fight injustice?
  • What is the power of Festivals?
  • What can we learn from Hinduism?
  • Why have landmarks in life?

Year 9

  • What can we learn from Buddhism?
  • Why are Human Rights Important?
  • What can we learn from the Abrahamic Faiths?

Begin the Full Course GCSE Specification (Spring half term onwards):

  • GCSE Unit – Religion : Peace and Conflict
  • GCSE Unit – Religion and Community Cohesion.

Religious Education at Key Stage 4

Students follow the Edexcel Full Course specification. Examinations include:

  • Religion and Life Examination paper (50%)
  • Religion and Society Examination paper (50%)

*One paper individually comprises Half Course GCSE Religious Education.

Topics of study include:

  • Religion: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Religion: Crime and Punishment
  • Religion: Environmental and medical issues
  • Matters of life and death
  • Believing in God.
  • (Revision of the two topics covered in Year 9)

*The specification includes Christian and Muslim perspectives.

Philosophy at Key Stage 5

Students follow the AQA A level specification.

The course introduces students to the key methods and concepts in philosophy through the study of four broad themes. Students will develop and refine a rang of transferable skills, such as the ability to ask penetrating questions, analyse and evaluate the arguments of others and to present their own arguments clearly and logically.

AS Level
Examination:

  • 3 Hour written examination. All questions are compulsory. (100% of AS, or 50% of A Level)

Topics of study include:

  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion

A Level
Examination:

  • 3 Hour written examination. All questions are compulsory. (50% of A Level)

Topics of study include:

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of mind.