The main aim of the department is to develop in pupils an understanding and appreciation of different religious beliefs and practices. Issues highly relevant to life in the 21st century are explored in a way which is equally accessible whether a student has a particular faith or not. Pupils learn to examine their own beliefs as well as engage respectfully with those of others.


Specifically, Religious Studies provides opportunities for students to:

  • Explore major moral and religious questions and the issues they raise
  • Learn about and understand religious beliefs and practices
  • Form their own opinion on the significance of religious concepts, beliefs and practices
  • Consider meaning, purpose and values in life

Teaching

There are four teachers within the department.

All students in Years 8 to 11 have one Religious Studies lesson each week.

In Years 8 and 9, the pupils complete depth studies of six of the world’s major faiths.  

In Years 10 and 11, all students follow the B syllabus in Philosophy and Applied Ethics in the new OCR GCSE (short course) in Religious Studies. This comprises two units, each equalling 50% of the GCSE Short Course.

Philosophy 1 (Deity, Religious and Spiritual Experience, End of Life) This first component encourages pupils to involve themselves in a study of religious beliefs from a philosophical perspective, analysing ideas and what they mean. They look at the way beliefs are defended and evaluate them for themselves.

Ethics 1 (Relationships, Medical Ethics, Poverty and Wealth). In this component, students are involved in learning about and assessing the way belief is applied to certain ethical dilemmas. They then evaluate these difficult dilemmas for themselves.

There is also time in the course for pupils to raise and explore questions of their own, enabling them to develop the skills of critical thinking, self reflection and empathetic discussion about some of life’s biggest questions.

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