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Religious Studies

 

Religious Education Department

Teaching Staff

Mrs S Craig (Subject Leader)
Miss L Addis
Mr D Gillespie

Introduction

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief including Christianity, other religious traditions, and world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

RE encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.

RE contributes to pupils' personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. It encourages them to develop their sense of identity and belonging.


Teaching and Learning Aims

The vision of the RE department is to provide a welcoming and engaging learning environment to ensure that pupils:

  • are aware of the role of religion in society: both past and present
  • develop knowledge, appreciation and respect for religious traditions
  • are provided with opportunities for spiritual and moral development.

RE is taught as a timetabled subject to all pupils in Years 8 to 12.  Pupils can opt to study Religious Studies for GCSE and AS / A2 level.

Key Stage 3 Summary

Year 8

Unit 1: The Bible

Unit 2: The Story of Ruth and Issues of Immigration

Unit 3: The Life of Abraham

Unit 4: The Ministry and Miracles of Jesus

 

Year 9

Unit 1: The Life of Moses

Unit 2: Jewish Festivals

Unit 3: World Religion – Judaism

Unit 4: The Events of Holy Week

Year 10

Unit 1: St Patrick and Christianity comes to Ireland

Unit 2: Slavery Then and Now

Unit 3: An Introduction to Christian Ethics

Unit 4: World Religion - Islam

 

 

GCSE SUMMARY

CCEA Religious Studies

 

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1
Christian Ethics

External Examination

1 hour 30 minutes

 

50%

Unit 2

Philosophy of Religion

External Examination

1 hour 30 minutes

 

50%


AS / A2 LEVEL SUMMARY

CCEA RELIGIOUS STUDIES

This interactive and analytical course focuses on two major areas at both AS and A2 level. Both units carry equal weighting.

Year 13

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1

An Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles

External Paper

1 hour 20 minutes

50%

 

2

The Origins and Development of the Early Christian Church to AD 325

External Paper

1 hours 20 minutes

50%


Year 14

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1

Selected New Testament Writings: A  Study of Acts, Galatians and 1 Corinthians

External Paper

2 hours

50%

2

The Continued Development of the Christian Church in the Roman Empire to 325AD

External Paper

2 hours

50%

Extra Curricular/Extended Learning Opportunities

School trip opportunities are available for senior pupils to support their studies.  In the past this has included trips to Rome and Israel.

Career Opportunities

Religion plays an important role in our society and can influence what people think, feel, and believe. Through studying Religious Studies, students get a broad look at how religion and spirituality form the basis of our culture.

Religious Studies also helps students develop marketable skills and aptitudes including:

  • analytical and strategic thinking;
  • research skills;
  • critical judgement;
  • the ability to work with abstract, conceptual ideas;
  • an ability to 'understand both sides' and negotiate and resolve conflict;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • leadership skills;
  • understanding of the impact of conflicting ideologies; and
  • an appreciation of human diversity, belief systems, cultural and spiritual experiences.

These skills are particularly useful for future careers in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration or the media.

Department Achievements

100% of pupils attained Grades A*-C at GCSE in 2016
100% of pupils attained Grades A*-C at A Level in 2016

100% of pupils attained Grades A*-B at GCSE in 2015
100% of pupils attained Grades A*-C at A Level in 2015