Religious Studies

Head of Dept: Mrs J Yeates


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Staff in department

Miss S Coll, Mrs S Gordon, Mr A Hamilton, Mrs B Lowth, Mrs A McCollum, Miss K McLaughlin, Mrs W Olphert, Mr P Parke, Mrs S Stewart.

A Level

  • A level exam board: CCEA
Module% of AS or
A2 grade
How is it assessed?Module Title
AS Module 120%1 hour 20 min external written exam An introduction to the Gospel of Luke
AS Module 720%1 hour 20 min external written exam Foundations of Ethics with Special Reference to Issues in Medical Ethics
A2 Module 130%2 hour external written exam Themes in the Synoptic Gospels
A2 Module 730%2 hour external written exam Global Ethics

GCSE

  • GCSE exam board: CCEA
GCSE% of GCSE gradeHow is it assessed?Unit title
Unit 650%External ExaminationAn Introduction to Christian Ethics
Unit 450%External ExaminationChristianity through a study of the Gospel of Matthew
NB: In short course RE, one of the modules above will be studied over two years. This allows opportunity to achieve right up to an A* grade.

KS3: Brief topic overview

Year 8
In Year 8, students begin by exploring the impact that religion has had on our society and the values we can learn from religion. Following this, Year 8 study what life was like in Bible times, followed by a Christmas project in which they design a Christmas card with religious significance. After Christmas Year 8 students focus on the Bible and its origins, and finish off the year thinking about who Jesus was. In Year 8 students focus on developing their talking and listening skills as well as developing the ability to form an argument.

Year 9
The focus of Year 9 is faith and the impact that this has upon individuals and society within Christianity and World Religions. This will be explored through looking at people past and present, such as Abraham, Moses, Elizabeth Fry and Celebrities today. Year 9 also have opportunity to consider how faith impacts upon issues like creation, persecution and politics. Skills development throughout the year focuses on communication, including reading, writing, talking and listening, with a particular focus on the skill of explaining in their written work.

Year 10
Central to the Year 10 course is the development of skills to prepare pupils for GCSE. The course explores these skills whilst building upon an understanding of ethical issues, including issues of life and death, forgiveness, prejudice and discrimination. Pupils continue to develop their knowledge of world religions through a focus on Islam and its beliefs. Skills development in Year 10 focuses on developing the written skill necessary for GCSE.