Religious Education

Year 7

Students in year 7 begin with an exploration of the six world religions, looking at key features of the world religions and studying the similarities and differences. Some of the themes they will study are: pilgrimage, charity, life after death and religious buildings. During the second term students will be introduced to philosophical enquiry by studying ultimate questions and worldviews. Students will be encouraged to think critically, form an opinion and respond tolerantly to a range of worldviews and opinions. In the final term, students will study the key aspects of Buddhism including: the eightfold path, the five primary precepts and enlightenment.

Year 8

 Students in year 8 begin with a focus on ethical studies. They will consider different ethical and religious approaches to a range of contentious issues including: What is the meaning of life? What makes a human special? Are humans truly free? During the second term students will study the key aspects of Sikhism including: the three duties of Sikhism, divine revelation, helping others and equality. In the final term, students will study life after death, debating whether a belief in life after death is coherent.

Year 9

Students choosing to study Religious Studies GCSE will commence the autumn term by developing the key skills and techniques to succeed at GCSE. Students will begin the WJEC Religious Studies GCSE by focusing on component one: Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world. This will involve considering a range of relevant and topical issues and considering how Christianity, Islam and non-religious worldviews would approach the different issues. The issues students will study in year 9 are: Issues of relationships, Issues of life and death and issues of human rights.

Year 10

Students will begin year 10 completing the ‘applied issues’ aspect of the course by studying issues of good and evil. During term two and three students will focus on component two of the WJEC Religious Studies GCSE: Christianity. Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of the Christian tradition, studying a range of different denominational approaches to these three aspects.

Year 11

During the first term and a half of year 11 students will complete component three of the WJEC Religious Studies GCSE: Islam. Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of the Christian tradition, studying a range of different denominational approaches to these three aspects. Students will spend the remainder of the academic year revising and preparing for their formal GCSE summer examinations.

Years 12 and 13

Students in year 12 begin the two year OCR Religious Studies A Level course. This course is made up of three components, which students will be assessed on at the end of the two year course. The three components are: Philosophy of religion, religion and ethics and development in Christian thought. 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.