Key Stage 3
Subjects will cover a wide range of topics in RE to help develop students understanding of the beliefs held in modern, multicultural Britain and the wider world. Students will learn about the world’s major religions, major philosophical questions and ethical dilemmas. They will explore topics such as how religions are founded, issues of animal extinction, the existence of God and faith in the community.
Key Stage 4
At Key stage 4 students studying a full course GCSE will study AQA GCSE Religious Studies A specification. The course divides into two components, a study of Religion and Thematic Studies, each worth 50% of the total marks. In the Religions unit students will study both beliefs and practices for Christianity and Buddhism, with each religion worth 25% of the total marks. For the Themes paper, students will examine religious and non-religious views on topics such as family and relationships, crime and punishment, human rights and attitudes to war and peace. Christianity and Buddhism will form the main religions studied, but the Thematic unit also allows for other faiths to be considered and included in the course too.
Students at KS4 who are not following the full course GCSE will again study both a Religions and Themes option, with the possibility of sitting the short course GCSE at the end of year 11. As for the full course option, the primary religions studied will be Christianity and Buddhism for the Religions component and the Themes will be attitudes to Religion, Peace and Conflict and Religious Attitudes to Relationships and Families.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5, students cover a variety of philosophical, religious and moral issues. They complete an examination on Philosophy, Ethics and developments in Christian thought, each of which carries a weighting of roughly 33%. In Philosophy, students study a range of topics from the development of Greek philosophy through to how we can gain genuine knowledge. In Ethics, students study a series of non-religious and religious ethical ideas such as utilitarianism and Natural Law, and learn to apply them to modern world issues such as euthanasia and business ethics. In the Christianity unit, students will look at topics such as Augustine’s teachings, gender and theology and the challenge of secularism.