Religious Studies

Religious Studies helps you to develop skills such as understanding, empathy, analysis, reflection, application, interpretation, investigation, expression and evaluation. These are vital skills needed in further education and in the modern workplace. This subject helps you to understand and develop respect and tolerance towards people of different religions, race, culture and background.  Whether you go on to study at University or College or out into the world of work, you will meet people from all walks of life with different religious and moral opinions.  Religious Studies will equip you to understand, interact and relate to people in an understanding welcoming and respectful way.  Religious Studies enables you to grapple with ultimate questions and question and formulate views of your own and gives you the forum to express those views while respecting the views of others. The subject also enables you to get a formal and recognisable qualification which is accepted by all universities on any course you choose to embark upon in the future.

  • Year 7

    Introduction to Religion

    • Ethical Behaviour
    • Rules & Effects
    • 5 Pillars of Islam
    • 5 Precepts

    Beliefs in God

    • Arguments for and against the existence of God
    • The Design argument
    • Personal views about the existence of God

    Origins of Life

    • Big Bang Theory
    • Creation Story

     Religious Journeys

    • Hajj
    • Lourdes
    • Iona
  • Year 8
    1. Charity
    2. Rites of passage
    3. Key beliefs & practices within the main religions
    4. Places of worship
    5. Parables
  • Year 9
    1. Introduction to Animal Rights
    2. Introduction to Crime & Punishment
    3. Wealth & Poverty in Britain
    4. World poverty
    5. Drug Abuse
    6. Planet Earth
  • Year 10 and 11

    Exam Board: AQA  Religious Studies A  Course code 8062

    Pupils will do two exams at the end of Year 11.

    • Component 1: The study of Religions: beliefs, teachings & practices in Christianity & Judaism.

    Students will study the influence of beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies within Christianity & Judaism. They will refer to a range of different Christian and Jewish perspectives in their answers including Catholic, Orthodox and Protestants. They will also refer to Orthodox and Liberal Judaism.

    They will cover the following within the two religions:

    1. Key beliefs
    2. Jesus & Salvation
    3. The covenant & mitzvoth
    4. Practices
    5. Family life & festivals
    6. The Role of the church in the local & worldwide community.
    • Component 2 : Thematic studies
    1. Crime & Punishment

    In this unit pupils will study:

    • Crime & the causes of crime
    • Different types of punishment
    • The aims of punishment
    • Corporal punishment & the death penalty.
    1. Relationships & families

    Some of the topics to be covered in this section will be:

    • Sex, Marriage & Divorce
    • Contraception & family planning
    • The role of parents and children
    • Stability & protection of children
    • Same sex parents
    • Gender equality
    1. Religion & Life

    Pupils will explore the following topics:

    • Abortion including situations when the mother’s life is at risk
    • Euthanasia
    • The sanctity of life
    • The use and abuse of animals
    • The use and abuse of the environment
    • Pollution
    • Beliefs about death & the Afterlife.
    1. Human Rights & Social Justice

    This topic will expose pupils to the following issues:

    • Prejudice & Discrimination
    • Human Rights & responsibilities
    • The right attitude towards wealth and the uses of wealth
    • Exploitation of the poor – fair pay, people trafficking, Excessive interests on loans.
    • Charities, including the issues relating to giving money to the poor.
    • How this course is assessed:
    1. At the end of year 11 pupils will sit two exams:
    2. In One exam pupils will answer questions on Christianity & Judaism
    3. In One exam they will answer questions on the four themes mentioned above

    What happens in lessons:

    • Lessons will be very interactive.
    • There will be a lot of group work, discussions, debates and presentations.
    • Pupils will be required to do computer-based research, watch video clips and complete projects.
    • Tackle questions where they will express their opinions and demonstrate understanding of Christianity, Judaism and the issues mentioned above.