Religious Education is a rigorous academic subject that demands learners to think deeply. It takes you on a fascinating journey exploring the evolution of human understanding in who we are and what our place is in the world. In RE lessons we think critically and creatively about how we are meant to live, relate and interact with each other, our planet and God. As a traditional subject we are highly regarded by the top Universities. In RE you develop skills and knowledge relevant to nearly all career paths and we have a lot of fun along the way.
Religious Education at Key Stage 3
Students at Key Stage Three follow a programme developed by the department in line with the Levels of Attainment document and the guidance from the Diocesan Education Service.
Student’s have 5 hours per fortnight allocated to the subject in years 7, 8 which is 10% of curriculum time whilst in year 9 they have 4 hours per fortnight which is 8% of curriculum time.
Year 7 and Year 8
In Year 7 and Year 8 students look at various aspects of religion from what it means to be part of a community to issues in the environment. They explore what it means to be a Christian and what it means to be Jewish. They explore different ways to pray and what it means to forgive amongst many other topics. They are encouraged to be inquisitive and to ask the big questions of life.
In Year 9 students follow a GCSE style course to boost their skills. They study Islam for a term which gives them a firm foundation for the GCSE paper which requires all students to know 2 religions in depth. They also look at issues such as genetic engineering, war and organ transplant’s again to name but a few.
Religious Education at Key Stage 4
GCSE Religious Studies challenges students to critically explore a wide range of controversial contemporary moral issues. We ask students to examine their own feelings and beliefs, as well as to empathise and understand the beliefs and values of others. Religious Studies deals with real relevant issues. It is about preparing our students for life, helping them to explore the contemporary world and examining the place of faith and religion within it.
In Year 10 students will study Edexcel Unit 8: Religion and Society (a study of Christianity and Islam) which examines the fascinating topics of Rights and Responsibilities, Environment and Medical Ethics, Peace and Conflict and Crime and Punishment. This represents 50% of their course and is examined nationally at the end of Year 11.
In Year 11 students study Edexcel Unit 2: Religion and Life (a study of Christianity) which requires students to examine the following topics: Believing in God, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and Family Life and Community Cohesion. This represents 50% of their course and is examined nationally also at the end of Year 11.
Students achieve exceptional results at GCSE Religious Studies, with 78% of last year’s cohort achieving grades A*-C. The subject is taught by a brilliant team of dedicated subject specialists who aim not only to help students attain the best grades possible and provide them with the opportunity to develop spiritually, but also to bring the subject to life.
Religious Education at Key Stage 5
All students in our Catholic Academy are required to study Religious Education and in Year 12 this follows the format of 1 hour a fortnight entitled Ethical Studies. This course is designed to combine an opportunity for students to consider their place in the world whilst at the same time developing valuable key life skills. Within these sessions students will be set the task of reviewing their ‘ethical footprint’, analysing the issue of poverty and the work that charities do to address it. They will develop a variety of key skills that will be useful in the workplace or in higher education, such as problem solving, working with others and making creative presentations that have impact.
A Level Philosophy and Ethics
Philosophy and Ethics at AS and A2 is a subject that challenges students to think critically and deeply about a number of areas. The course explores fundamental questions of religious belief in a rigorous way which enables students to increase their knowledge and understanding of key ethical, philosophical and theological ideas. It also enables students to engage with and explore their own beliefs and attitudes to life and existence. Thus the value of the course is both personal and academic.
Through a variety of activities students will develop the ability to construct coherent and logical arguments, as well as critically analysing the arguments of key philosophers and ethical theorists.