Academic Information

Religious Studies

Aims

  • To help pupils develop an awareness, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Christian teachings
  • To help pupils develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the growth of Christianity, of its worship, prayer and religious language
  • To give pupils an introduction to two world religions other than Christianity 
  • To help pupils develop the ability to think and make judgements about morality, to relate Christian moral principles to personal and social life, and to identify values and attitudes that influence behaviour

Staff

Mrs J Jamison
Mr G Caulfield

Key Stage 3

Year 8

  • World Religions - Judaism
  • Abraham
  • Moses
  • The Bible structure and compilation
  • Creation & Evolution

Year 9

  • The world Of Jesus
  • Emotional intelligence development
  • Miracles
  • Parables
  • Jesus and others
  • World Religions - Islam

Year 10

  • Believing in God
  • Death & resurrection of Christ
  • Matters of life & death
  • Made to worship
  • Faith in action

GCSE Religious Studies

At KS4 we offer CCEA GCSE Religious Studies full course & short course.

GCSE Full Course

Two units are studied over 2 years. 100% Exam.

Boys will complete an exam on unit 9 at the end of Year 11 and an exam on unit 8 at the end of Year 12. Each exam will last 90 minutes and is worth 50% of the overall mark.

Units studied:

  • An introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • An introduction to Christian Ethics

GCSE Short Course

One unit is studied over two years. 100% Exam with no controlled assessment.

Boys will complete an exam at the end of Year 12. The exam will last for 90 minutes.

Unit Studied:

  • An introduction to Philosophy of Religion.

Post 16

A Level Religious Studies

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

AS Unit1: Foundations - Christianity & The New Testament:

  • Key issues in the study of Christianity:
  • The Church’s teaching about the life and work of Jesus in its historical, religious and social context; his significance for Christians
  • Key issues in the study of The New Testament
  • Jesus’ moral teachings (Luke)
  • The ‘I am’ sayings (Fourth Gospel)
  • The meaning and significance of the miracles (Luke/Fourth Gospel)

AS Unit 2: Investigations - The study of The New Testament

  • Key issues in the study of The New Testament
  • Religion and science
  • New Testament ethics and morality
  • Life after death

A2 Unit 3: Developments - Christianity & The New Testament

1 Developments and expansion:

  • The practice of Christianity in the modern world, including:
  • the Ecumenical Movement since 1910; Dietrich Bonheoffer, his teachings and his work; the development of Liberation Theology

2 Selected concepts and texts:

  • Modern beliefs about the Trinity
  • Beliefs about atonement and salvation
  • Beliefs about death and eternal life
  • The nature of the Church

A2 Unit 4: Implications Religion and Human experience

  • Christianity
  • Dimensions of religion
  • Philosophical issues in religion
  • Ethics and Religion

Skills Developed

  • The ability to analyse a range of sources
  • •The ability to carry out a piece of individual research and write up a report on the findings
  • • The ability to gather information on a particular topic
  • • The ability to write a coherent and well-argued answer giving evidence to back up your thoughts
  • • The ability to make and justify decisions
  • • The ability to communicate personal thoughts and opinions
  • • The ability to listen to other people’s opinions
  • • The ability to understand why others have different opinions to yours
  • • The ability to investigate different theories
  • • The ability to think through a moral issue and come to an ethical decision
  • • The ability to work with those who think differently to you

Careers

  • Healthcare
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • The media
  • Politics
  • Counselling
  • Youth work
  • Social work
  • Customer service adviser
  • Hospitality industry
  • Army/Navy/RAF
  • Running your own business