Religious Studies

Our Vision

Studying Religious Education at KLB is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.

Key Stage 3 – Religious Education

In Year 7 we encourage students to be reflective and thoughtful individuals who will know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews. The Year 7 curriculum focusses on introducing Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism and elements of Humanism.

In Year 8 we develop students to express ideas and insights, significance and impact of religions and worldviews in both contemporary society and in the past. The Year 8 curriculum focusses on developing student understanding of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism and elements of Humanism.

In Year 9 we develop and encourage students to gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews. The Year 9 curriculum focusses on further developing students understanding of world religions studied in Year 7 and Year 8 and also ethical and moral issues.

Key Stage 4 – Religious Studies

The Religious Studies GCSE will encourage students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in debate and discussion about life in a modern pluralistic society. This includes an understanding of non-religious beliefs such as humanism and atheism. Students will explore personal values and beliefs, with an emphasis on critical analysis and the ability to construct balanced and informed arguments within the context of religious, philosophical and ethical awareness.

Course Content
The course enables students to think critically, engage with contemporary religious, moral and ethical issues and prepares them for some of the challenges they may face when they leave school and go into our multi-ethnic, multi-faith society. Students explore their own views, the views of their peers and some of the views and teachings found in Christianity and other religions as well as non-religious views.

Skills developed in Religious Studies
Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Absorb and retain complex information and identify key issues
  • Select relevant information and think logically
  • Express ideas clearly through essay writing and discussion
  • Tackle aspects of new languages
  • Use imagination and creativity
  • Develop a critical approach to contemporary issues
  • Develop a disciplined approach to problem solving
  • Develop investigative, analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Understand, and take a sensitive approach to, different cultures and beliefs
  • Show a real curiosity in people and world cultures

Methods of learning most often used in Religious Studies
Discussing; presenting; reading; researching; planning, implementing, and evaluating campaign activities; analysing media; constructing logical chains of reasoning; engaging with contemporary and historical issues.

The department will also offera range of educational visits.

How the course is assessed

Title Type Time Date % of marks towards the grade
Buddhism (Beliefs and Practices) and Islam (Beliefs and Practices) Written Exam 1 1 hour 45 mins Summer 2022 50
Themes (Philosophy and ethical issues from a Christian perspective Written Exam 2 1 hour 45 mins Summer 2022 50

What can you do next with a qualification in Religious Studies?
The course facilitates the development of many sought after and transferable skills that employers and further education providers look for. Areas of employment that benefit from the skills developed in RE include: Teaching, Charity Officer, Counselling, Civil Service. A GCSE in Religious Studies will support further study at A Level and beyond.

Staff members

Mr A Jones
Head of Department

Mrs K Williams

Mrs L Watts

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