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 and 13, we run the AQA A Level 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, Buddhism and Humanism.

·         What does being reasonable about beliefs mean?

·         What does it mean to be happy?

·         Should we commit to loving our neighbor?

·         What makes us who we are?

·         What is the purpose of life?

·         What beliefs are worth holding on to?

·         Does it make sense to believe in God?

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, Crime and punishment and Relationships and families. It is continually assessed through practice exam questions throughout the three years and formally assessed through two written GCSE exams at the end of year 11.

KS5: What will students learn?

A Level Philosophy for year 12 and 13: Students are working towards A Level Philosophy covering Epistemology and Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of the Mind and Philosophy of Religion in Year 13. The course is assessed through two external A Level exams in year 13.