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Religious Studies

Why Religious Studies?

  • To understand the beliefs and practices of different members of our multi-cultural and multi-faith society
  • To reflect on our own beliefs and values, whether religious or not
  • To develop critical thinking skills, especially in relation to discussing both sides of an argument
  • To recognise important and challenging questions about philosophy, religion and ethics

Key Stage 3 - Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

  • How can I explore philosophy?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How do people tackle tough questions?
  • Are religion and science two separate things?
  • How do people make ethical decisions?
  • How I can use art and poetry to express my beliefs?
  • Mythology and classical studies
  • Political Philosophy

Key Stage 4 GCSE - Philosophy & Ethics

All students study the full course GCSE for RS. The topics which are covered in the AQA Option A GCSE course cover different beliefs surrounding a number of philosophical and social issues including:

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • The existence of God and revelation
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, crime and punishment
  • Religion, human rights and social justice

Option in Key Stage 5: A Level in Philosophy & Ethics

The AQA A-level Religious Studies specification covers a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints. Topics include:

Philosophy of religion: Arguments for the existence of God, Evil and suffering, Religious experience, Religious language, Miracles, Self and life after death.

Ethics and religion: Ethical theories, Issues of human and animal life and death, meta ethics, Free will and moral responsibility and the Conscience.

Enrichment in Religious Studies

The focus of enrichment in Religious Studies is to extend on learning within the classroom by offering students the opportunity to attend a number of university visits to experience the subject at a higher level. As a department our goal is to develop and increase the aspirations of students in this subject.

5 philosophical quotes to get you thinking...

1. Confucius - Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
2. Plato - The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
3. Mahatma Gandhi - You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.
4. Buddha - When words are both true and kind. They can change the world.
5. Rabindranath Tagore - Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

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