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Mrs L Best BTh MTh PGCE (Head of Department)

Mr A Macdonald BA PGCE

WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

The study of religion and the philosophical questions that follow contributes to students' understanding of the culture in which they find themselves. It creates a positive environment for pupils to reflect upon their own attitudes, the attitudes of others and the deeper questions of life.

Furthermore, as an academic discipline it enhances the analytic and critical skills needed for further academic study in the field of humanities.

WHAT WE STUDY IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Key Stage 3
Students will study a wide range of topics from: The Bible; Abraham/Isaac/Jacob; The Passion narrative; Esther; Ruth; Acts of the Apostles; Jesus' Miracles; Moses; Judaism and Islam.

GCSE
Students begin preparation for GCSE in Year 10. The Department currently follows the CCEA GCSE specification. All students will sit one module (Philosophy of Religion) at the end of Year 11.
A second module (Christian Ethics) is taken at the end of Year 12 to gain the full GCSE qualification.

Each examination contributes to 50% of the overall grade.

Philosophy of Religion:
1. The Existence of God
2. The Nature of God
3. Problem of Evil and Suffering
4. Religious Experience
5. Life after Death

Christian Ethics:
1. Personal and Family Issues
2. Matters of Life and Death
3. Care for the Environment
4. Equality
5. War and Peace

AS and A2 LEVEL
We follow the CCEA specification for A-Level and students sit two examinations each year. The modules are as follows:

AS Level:
• An Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles: This module includes a study of the background to Acts, the beginnings of the Christian Church, Growth and expansion of early Christianity as well as a study of Paul the apostle and the broader themes of faith and witness in Acts.
• Religious Ethics: Foundations, Principles and Practice: This unit will explore a number of themes and principles that are foundational to religious ethics: ethical foundations, natural law, situation ethics, utilitarianism, bioethics, sexuality and life and death issues. These issues will be considered in light of wider aspects of human experience and example.

A2 Level:
• A Study of Acts, Galatians and 1 Corinthians: This will include Paul's captivity and journey to Rome, the theology of Acts, Paul's letter to the Galatians and 1 Corinthians. There will also be a section of Paul's understanding of the Resurrection.
• Ethics and Society: This unit explores the contrasts and similarities between religious and non-religious ethics across a range of issues: human rights, environmental ethics, war and peace ethics and the ethics of punishment.

There will be a synoptic element as part of both A2 modules and each area of study will require the exploration of other aspects of human experience.

Careers options
Studying Religious Studies open various Career Opportunities:

- Journalism.
- Youth worker.
- Advice worker.
- Editorial assistant.
- Charity worker (NGO).
- Social worker.
- Counselling.
- Teaching.

With the introduction of 'Ethics' modules, Religious Studies complements STEM subjects and career choices as well as those linked to humanities.

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