Religious Studies

We offer courses of study including all six of the major world religions which are delivered throughout the secondary school age range and focus on the importance of ideas (philosophy) and their practical expression (ethics).

All students in years 9, 10 and 11 follow the new AQA specification for RS at GCSE focusing on Christianity and Islam and key ethical themes.  In year 12, we run the AQA A Level Philosophy and our year 13 students are currently completing AQA A2 Philosophy.

We encourage our students to appreciate different viewpoints on the matters we discuss whilst developing their own informed opinions. Students are taught how to communicate these views effectively and how to develop well-reasoned arguments - an important skill for life.

KS3: What will students learn?

Students in year 7 and 8 are assessed through class tests and homework tasks are used to support these. They study the following philosophical questions from the perspectives of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

·         What does being reasonable about beliefs mean?

·         What does it mean to be happy?

·         Should we commit to loving our neighbour?

·         What makes us who we are?

·         Do animals have rights?

·         What beliefs are worth holding on to?

·         Is freewill an illusion?

KS4: What will students learn?

Compulsory GCSE for years 9, 10 and 11: The Religious Studies GCSE covers Islam and Christianity, issues about the value of human life, Peace and conflict, the existence of God and Relationships. It is assessed through two written exams at the end of year 11.

KS5: What will students learn?

A Level Philosophy for year 12: Current year 12 students are working towards A Level Philosophy covering Epistemology and Moral Philosophy.  They will move on to cover Philosophy of the Mind and Philosophy of Religion in Year 13.The course is assessed through two exams in year 13.

A2 Level Philosophy and Ethics for year 13: Current year 13 students are completing their A2 in Philosophy covering the Philosophy of Mind and Moral Philosophy. The course is assessed through two exam papers at the end of year 13.