Religious Studies


The Religious Studies department is housed in a suite of two main classrooms.

Religious Studies is taught within the Humanities Faculty. We are a very successful department which can boast year on year academic success with students generally meeting or exceeding their target grades and as a department we have a pass rate at GCSE and A level that is above the national average.

We have two subject specific trained staff along with a member of staff in the humanities department. We have a variety of learning mentors that cater for the Personal Individual Plans (PIPs) of the students to meet their needs.

At key stage 3 students have 1 lesson a week. At Key stage 4 they have 3 lessons a week and at key stage 5 they have 5 lessons a week. Each lesson consists of an hour. Subject support is offered one lunch time for 30 minutes and one hour after school each week to offer guided support with student’s work.

Syllabus


Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students study Eastern Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Throughout these topics’ students will study both beliefs and practices of the religions including festivals, beliefs about God/Gods, key individuals and Holy books and buildings. The final topic is Religion and Art; where students will use their creative skills to create and explore religious art work from the past and present.

In Year 8 students study Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Throughout these topic’s students will study both beliefs and practices of the religions including festivals, beliefs about God/Gods, key individuals and Holy books and buildings. The final topic is Religion in the Media; where students will look at how religion is perceived in newspapers, social media and film. They will also analyse 21st century movies and understand how religion is used in film.

In Year 9 students start to look at ethical topics and issues that are often current today. These topics are very controversial and students will have the opportunity to express personal beliefs as well as religious beliefs often using their debating skills. The topics are; The sanctity of life, Crime and Punishment and Is religion dangerous?



Key Stage 4 & 5

In Year 10 students study the beliefs teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam – Paper 1: 1 ¾ hours.

In Year 11 students will choose 4 out of 6 themes for their thematic studies; relationships and families; religion and life; the existence of God and revelation; religion, peace and conflict; religion, crime and punishment; religion, human rights and social justice. - Paper 2: 1 ¾ hours
For a detailed breakdown of the GCSE and A-Level courses students will study please visit the links below.

AQA GCSE Specification


AQA A-Level Specification
A-Level

The full A level is examined at the end of year 13

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics : 3 hour paper

Component 2: Study of religion(Christianity) and dialogues between philosophy and ethics 3 hour paper

Department Staff


Name Position
Mrs J Craig Teacher of R.S. / KS4 & 5 Co-ordinator
Miss R Thomas Teacher of R.S.
Miss L Vipond Teacher of R.S.
Miss H Wood Teacher of R.S.
Mrs D Kelly Learning Mentor



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