The Religious Studies department hopes to give a comprehensive religious education, exploring pupil’s own experience; sharing human experiences, learning about traditions, beliefs and value systems, especially those within the Roman Catholic denomination.
Religious Studies is an academic subject which enables pupils to develop the skills of reasoning, researching, evaluating, communicating and working with others.
The Religious Studies department is well resourced and is taught in three specialist classrooms.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8 pupils receive two lessons per week and follow a curriculum provided by the Diocese which is centred around key questions such as; Why am I here? Why should we care for the planet?
In year 9 pupils receive two lessons per week and follow a curriculum based upon Judaism.
Key Stage 4
Pupils in years 10 and 11 receive two lessons per week and follow the Edexcel GCSE course Catholic Christianity and Judaism.
In year 10 pupils study the beliefs, practices and sources of authority of Catholic Christianity. This course focuses upon Catholic beliefs such as those about life after death, and practices such as pilgrimages and forms of worship.
In year 11 the focus is on forms of expression and philosophy and ethics. Pupils cover topics such as arguments for the existence of God and divergent Christian attitudes to issues such as contraception, divorce and equality of men and women.
This is a linear course and comprises three exams at the end of year 11.
Key Stage 5
Students may opt to continue their study to A level. The syllabus followed is OCR and is made up of three modules; Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian thought. Philosophical enquiry involves critically evaluating the works of eminent philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas, David Hume and Immanuel Kant. Ethical enquiry assesses different models of ethical decision making such as Natural Law and Utilitarianism and their application to ethical issues such as Euthanasia.
This is a linear course which comprises of 3 exams at the end of year thirteen.
All 6th Form students have one lesson per week devoted to General RE and gain accredited level three
Year 12 complete two key skills of the ASDAN qualification; Improving own learning and working with others.
Year 13 gain an accredited level three qualification from NOCN.