Students in year 7 begin with an exploration of the theme of community, looking at the Church as an example of a religious community. They examine the Lord’s Prayer, and the Bible as the sacred text of the Christian faith. Students will also investigate the two major Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. During year 7 we also look at key aspects of both Judaism and Hinduism including sacred texts, key figures such as the Patriarchs and key beliefs such as samsara.
Students in year 8 focus on an examination of some key questions affecting religious belief. In particular, students will investigate a variety of beliefs about the nature of God and responses to the issues of suffering and conflict. They will consider some examples of individuals who have tried to make a difference by putting their faith into action. Students in year 8 will also undertake an in-depth examination of Islam considering some of the key beliefs and practices of Muslims today.
Students in year 9 begin to examine some of the key questions that will be explored in more depth at GCSE. In particular, they consider arguments for and against the existence of God and religious attitudes towards the poor and the needy. They will also complete a module on Buddhism considering some of its key beliefs and practices. Students will explore some of the major festivals celebrated by the followers of the various religious groups studied during years 7, 8 and 9.
Students in year 10 begin the WJEC GCSE course with module 1: Religion and Life Issues. They examine the nature and purpose of different kinds of relationships from a religious perspective, as well as questions about dignity, equality, charity and social responsibility. Students will also discuss key beliefs about the nature and existence of God and responses to God in worship. The final unit in year 10 looks at attitudes towards the environment and issues of stewardship.
Students in year 11 continue the WJEC GCSE course with module 2: Religion and Human Experience. They examine issues of conflict from a religious perspective including attitudes towards forgiveness and reconciliation, non-violent protest and Just War theory. Students will also consider a range of ethical dilemmas including abortion and euthanasia as well as exploring pilgrimage and other expressions of religious devotion. The module finishes with a consideration of the attitudes of religious believers towards the state and the importance of duty.
Years 12 and 13
Students in years 12 and 13 follow the OCR Philosophy and Ethics A Level course. This includes an examination of the arguments for the existence of God and challenges to religious belief, as well as a consideration of key ethical theories as applied to a range of ethical issues such as genetic engineering and war. Students will consider key ideas from Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, medieval thinkers such as Aquinas, Anselm and Gaunilo, and enlightenment thinkers such as Hume, Descartes and Paley.