Religious Studies

Introduction:

Pupils study the six major world religious traditions and are encouraged to discuss and evaluate various ethical and philosophical ideas. Alongside this, pupils are encouraged to explore their own spirituality and potential, particularly in the Year 11 Spirituality and Ethics course.

Although we have been successful in obtaining top grade examination results at GCSE, AS and A2 levels, the main focus of the RS department is on the personal and spiritual development of every individual within the school.

Facilities/resources:

We have a suite of three dedicated teaching rooms in the school which include a number of computers. The A level teaching room is small and intimate with a seminar style lay out, making it ideal for the discussions so central to A level classes.

What we do:

At Key Stage 3 pupils receive two lessons in Year 7, one in Year 8 and two in Year 9. We also deliver our Spirituality and Ethics curriculum to all pupils in Year 11 for one period a week. Students also have the option of a two-year GCSE RS course involving three lessons’ contact time per week. We have two sets in Year 10 and two sets in Year 11. Sixth Form pupils can choose to study Religious Studies at AS and/or A2. We have two sets in Year 12 and two sets in Year 13.

Pupils follow a lively curriculum, based on a thematic approach, which will include:

  • Year 7 – GOD – Does God exist? What would God be like? God through the eyes of believer. Does religion need God to exist? Portrayal of God in the 21st Century
  • Year 8 – LOVE – What is love? Love through Christianity. Love in action. Sikh ideas of love situation ethics.
  • Year 9 – TRUTH – What is truth? Ultimate questions and the nature of truth. Media truth and portrayals of ISLAM. Ethics and morality.
  • Spirituality and Ethics – A course designed to enable pupils to reflect on the spiritual dimension of their lives. This is a non-academic, non-examined course, the purpose of which is to address and support the moral and spiritual needs of our pupils as they begin to enter adult life. Particular emphasis is placed on enabling pupils to consider what values they hold and who inspires them.
  • GCSE – The department follows the AQA Religious Studies examination specification B (3062) World and Philosophical Perspectives on Religious issues (unit 2 in Year 10 and unit 4 in Year 11). During this course students will study Christianity and Hinduism in combination with the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. We do not offer short course RS and all students will sit 50% of their GCSE at the end of Year 10.
  • At AS and A2 level students follow the AQA Religious Studies specifications. At AS, students study the Religion & Ethics (covering utilitarianism, situation ethics, abortion and euthanasia and religious views on the nature of human life) and Religion, Philosophy & Science (covering miracles, religious beliefs about creation, the design argument and quantum physics and a religious world view) modules.
  • At A2, students study Religion & Ethics, Ways of Moral Decision-Making and Ways of Reading and Understanding Scripture. We cover libertarianism, free will and determinism, virtue ethics and religious views on sexual behaviour and on science and technology.

Staff:

Head of Department: Mrs A Jewell
Acting Head of Department: 

Mrs A Stickels, Miss S Burton

Mr P Manning

Trips

There needs to be an experiential dimension to pupils’ study of religion. Thus, in Year 7, pupils visit Singer’s Hill synagogue in Birmingham and in Year 8 they visit Coventry Cathedral. In the Sixth Form, students have the option to visit the Trappist monastery at Mount St Bernard, Leicestershire to experience the Christian contemplative tradition.
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