Religious studies

Religious Studies is a popular subject at GCSE and is taken by all students; it is active, challenging and all-encompassing. Students are given many enriching opportunities to experience religious and non-religious perspectives on a wide range of topics. Every year we have guest speakers from Amnesty, Tearfund, Devon Race Relations and visiting students from Israel who talk about Israel’s multi-cultural/ multi-religious society. We have also had representatives from the Army who have delivered presentations about conflict.

Year 7

In Year 7, students begin with an introduction to the six world religions and explore growing up in different faiths. Students also study inspirational religious people and their campaigns for peace, justice and equality, including Martin Luther King, Malala Yousafzai and Desmund Tutu.

Year 8

Students explore religious authority and how the creative arts are used to express spirituality, focusing on aspects of Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism. In addition, the Year 8 curriculum introduces contemporary global issues and studies ultimate questions around death, religion and science. All of the topics covered are intended to excite, prepare and develop students’ skills for the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4

All students take full course GCSE Religious Studies, beginning in Year 9. We follow the AQA Religious Studies ‘A’ GCSE course. Students engage with an exciting programme of study that will empower them with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to flourish in an increasingly diverse and challenging society. Students deepen their understanding of the religions of Islam and Christianity and examine contemporary moral issues, including Peace and Conflict, Relationships, Crime and Punishment and Life Issues.

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