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Religious Education

Introduction

Religious Education is an exciting subject, full of variety and human interest. In this subject you will learn about people from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures, exploring different ways in which people live their lives.

Perhaps one of the best things about RE is learning about yourself. We analyse the different opinions that people have about modern day issues such as society, divorce and poverty. Teaching staff in the department are totally committed to delivering a stimulating and caring learning environment, where individuals are the central focus, high standards set and excellent relationships maintained.

PACE - Years 7, 8 & 9

What will I study?

Year 7

  • Who is Jesus?
  • Sikhism
  • Holy Writings
  • Hinduism
  • Who am I?

Year 8

  • Religious celebrations
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Symbolism

Year 9

  • Does God exist?
  • Topical Issues
  • Christianity and suffering
  • Ethics and values
How will I be assessed?

End of unit tests or assessments will be used to help assess how you are progressing in Religious Education.

Some of these are based on new GCSE style examination questions so that you will be fully prepared to achieve your potential at GCSE.

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will I study?

Christianity - Christian beliefs and living the Christian life.
Islam – Muslim beliefs and living the Muslim life.
Matters of Life and Death, including abortion and euthanasia.
Marriage and the family, including relationships and divorce.
Crime and punishment, including capital punishment and reformation.
Peace and Conflict, including the causes of war and pacifism.

What skills will I develop?

Students will

  • develop their ability to construct well argued, well informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
  • engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
  • reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and will contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community
  • apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values
  • construct well informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values
How will I be assessed?

2 x 1 ½ hour examinations at the end of year 11.

Key Stage 5

What will I study?

Philosophy of religion

  • Philosophical arguments for the existence of God
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self, death and afterlife

Ethics and religion

  • Natural moral law
  • Situation ethics
  • Aristotle’s virtue ethics
  • Application of ethical theories
  • Introduction to meta-ethics: the meaning of right and wrong
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

Christianity

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God
  • Self, death and afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expressions of religious identity
  • Christianity, religion, gender and sexuality
  • Christianity, religion and science
  • Christianity, religion and the challenge of secularisation
  • Christianity, religion, migration and religious pluralism
What skills will I develop?

Students will develop many skills, they will be able to:

  • reflect on, select and apply specified knowledge
  • construct well informed and reasoned arguments substantiated by relevant evidence
  • understand, interpret and evaluate critically religious concepts, texts and other sources
  • present responses to questions which are clear and coherent
  • use specialist language and terminology appropriately
  • identify, investigate and critically analyse questions, arguments, ideas and issues
  • engage in debate in a way that recognises the right of others to hold a different view.
How will I be assessed?

AS – 1 x 1 hour exam for Christianity, 1 x 2 hour exam for Philosophy and Ethics
A2 – 1 x 3 hour exam for Christianity and dialogues, 1 x 3 hour exam for Philosophy and Ethics

Further Information

GCSE – Edexcel: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-b-2016.html

AS and A Level – AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/as-and-a-level