Religious Studies

Course Overview: RE

At Key Stage 3 we teach each group for two hours per week in Years 7 and 8 whilst Year 9 enjoy three hours per week. We deliver a curriculum designed to fully meet the requirements of the Bishops Curriculum Directory and keep pupils engaged with religious teachings and practices, as well as raising questions of morality and personal development.

Year 7

Students explore concepts integral to our faith through units of work such as "Our Community", "World Poverty" and "Creation and Pentecost". Students will also begin to develop their understanding of other world faiths through a study of "Hinduism".

Year 8

Students have the opportunity to study Islam, enabling them to compare and contrast core beliefs of the Abrahamic religions. Our module on "Covenant" allows pupils to explore both Old and New Testament history and make links between the two. Other units of work this year include "Reconciliation", "The Church" and "Jesus".

Year 9

This year students will examine key events in the liturgical year, exploring their importance to the Christian faith. Students also compare pilgrimages from different faiths and are encouraged to think about the spiritual value of such journeys. Students end the year with an in depth study of Judaism which will aid their transition into GCSE Religious Studies.

Course Overview: RE

All students follow Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies A: Faith and Practice in the 21st Century. The qualification comprises of three units, which are all assessed entirely by examination at the end of Year 11. The curriculum fulfills the requirements of the 2012 Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools & Colleges in England & Wales, published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England.

Course Components

Paper 1 - Catholic Christianity (50 % of overall GCSE)

The unit contains four areas of study; Beliefs and Teachings, Practices, Sources of Wisdom and Authority and Forms of Expression and Ways of Life. Students explore key concepts such as creation, Prayer and Catholic Social Teaching.

Paper 2- Judaism (25% of overall GCSE)

This unit consists of two areas of study; Beliefs & teachings and Practices. This unit allows students to build on the knowledge gained in Key Stage 3 and explore concepts key to the Jewish faith such as; The Shekinah, Covenant, 613 Mitzvot and the nature of God.

Paper 3- Philosophy & Ethics based on Catholic Christianity (25% of overall GCSE)

The unit contains two areas of study. Students explore Catholic views on the Arguments for the Existence of God and Catholic Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st century. Examples of topics studied include, the Problem of Evil and Marriage & Divorce.

Course Information

Course Name: Religious Studies A
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Specification code: 8062

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After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

KS4 Drop In & Catch up Sessions Fridays after school