Religious Studies

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, the following topics are studied:

Year 7

  • Themes in religion
  • Easter
  • Sikhism

Year 8

  • Islam
  • Moses
  • Moral issues

Year 9

  • Racism
  • Buddhism
  • Abortion

Various activities are in place to ensure that students not only learn about religion but also learn from the various religions studied.

Key Stage 4

All students study Religious Studies at GCSE, with a large number of students successfully completing the full course. To be successful at this level, students must develop the skill of forming their own opinion regarding the various issues studied. They will also need to compare their opinion to the views of Christians and Muslims.

Short GCSE course

Students completing the Short Course GCSE will study the following topics:

  • Marriage and family life
  • Matters of life and death
  • Community cohesion
  • Believing in God

There will be a 1 hour 30 minute examination at the end of Year 11.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Religion and Life (Christianity and one other religion)

Edexcel (Pearson)

5RS01/01

Year 10

Term 1

Marriage & Family life

Term 2

Completion of Marriage & Family life and start Believing in God module.

Term 3

Believing in God

Year 11

Term 1

Religion and Community Cohesion

Term 2

Matters of life and death

Link to specification: http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20New%20GCSE/GCSE_Religious_Studies_Spec_2012.pdf

Full GCSE course

Students completing the Full Course GCSE will study the same topics as the Short Course with the addition of:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Peace and conflict
  • Crime and punishment
  • Environmental and medical issues

There will be two 1 hour 30 minute examinations at the end of Year 11.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Religion and Society (Christianity and one other religion)

Edexcel (Pearson)

5RS08/01

Year 10

Term 1

Matters of life and death & Marriage and Family life

Term 2

Believing in God & Religion and community cohesion.

Term 3

Peace and Conflict

Year 11

Term 1

Peace and Conflict & Environmental and medical issues

Term 2

Crime and Punishment & Rights and responsibilities.

Link to specification: http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20New%20GCSE/GCSE_Religious_Studies_Spec_2012.pdf

Key Stage 5

Religious Studies is now offered at A Level. The students follow the OCR syllabus, and study two main topics: Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics.

AS Level

Students will study the following topics:

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion
  • Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion
  • Traditional arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges to religious belief

Religious Ethics

  • Ethical theories (natural law, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism and religious ethics)
  • Applied ethics topics. (abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, war and peace) 

There will be two 1 hour 30 minute examinations at the end of Year 12.

A2 Level

Philosophy of Religion

  • Religious language
  • Religious experience
  • Miracles
  • Nature of God
  • Life after death

Religious Ethics

  • Ethical theories (meta ethics, conscience, virtue ethics and free will )
  • Applied ethics topics (environmental ethics, business, sexual ethics)

There will be two 1 hour 30 minute examinations at the end of Year 13.