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.
They cover aspects of the major world religions and approaches to moral questions. Lessons involve a high quality range of learning experiences such as debate, role-play, presentations, mysteries and enactments. The department focuses on developing a respect for, and sensitivity towards, the beliefs and values of others.
Students study the approaches of two major world religions to a range of moral and ethical issues. It leads on to Philosophy and Ethics A Level which is a successful, challenging and exciting course. We have had students go on to top universities to further their studies.
Religious Studies explores a number of philosophical topics connected with what it means to be human. They then study approaches to justice, looking at racism and attitudes to crime and punishment. Students work in teams to study, present and debate a wide range of human rights issues and campaigns for change.
Authority focuses on key events and figures in Christianity. Spirituality through the creative arts explores religious perspectives on art, design and worship. A study of beliefs and concepts encourages students to ask ultimate questions about suffering and meaning. Related moral issues are discussed throughout.
GCSE Religious Studies begins in Year 9 with an exploration of key figures in religion. Students then study Religion, peace and conflict and Religion, human rights and social justice. Active learning approaches enable students to develop confidence with the demands of the GCSE course.
Further topics are covered on Religion, human rights and social justice, particularly related to wealth and poverty. The origins and value of human life are then explored, covering topical issues such as abortion and euthanasia, with lots of references to current affairs.
Religious attitudes to the elderly and death, followed by attitudes to crime and punishment, complete the GCSE course. All of these highly relevant and topical issues are explored through discussion, role play, debate, presentations and opportunities to show empathy. Students will be able to demonstrate confidence expressing opinions on a wide variety of issues.