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

  • Judaism

  • Abraham

  • Moses

  • Creation

  • The Bible Library

Year 9

  • Islam

  • Life in Palestine

  • The life and ministry of Jesus 

  • The Death and resurrection of Jesus

  • Life after Death

Year 10

  • The existence of God

  • The early church

  • Poverty

  • The life of Simon Wiesenthal

  • The Nature of God in three religions

  • Introduction to Ethics

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


Post 16

A Level Religious Studies

Exam Board: CCEA GCE A-Level

100% exam

Topics studied:

  • The Celtic church in Ireland in the 5th, 6thand 7thcenturies

  • An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

  • Themes in The Celtic, reformation and Post-reformation churches.

  • Themes in Philosophy of 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