Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Staff

    • Mrs V Donoghue – Head of Department
    • Miss A Gordon
    • Miss C Hartill

Aims

Context:

Our vision for the delivery of religious education is informed by our context.  We are aware of the diversity of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds from which our pupils emanate.  Many of our learners are from families who follow their faith with devotion, and many of our young people subscribe wholeheartedly to the beliefs of the household and their community.  For the overwhelming majority of our young people, this will be a non-Christian faith.

Mission:

Our responsibility is to provide:

  • all learners with a knowledge and understanding of a multitude of faiths and belief systems – in order that pupils can live and work in a culture of mutual respect and tolerance within our diverse community in school and a multi-cultural city and nation
  • detailed and comprehensive learning opportunities relating specifically to Christianity and its various denomination – in order that pupils can engage positively in British culture and society as citizens who understand the belief system that underpins much of our current legal and political architecture.
  • pupils with extensive opportunities to explore, question and appreciate their own faith – in order that they can develop spiritually within their own community.

 

curriculum

Religious Studies is taught to all students throughout the school. The scheme is based upon the Birmingham Locally Agreed Syllabus and is interpreted in the light of the needs of the school.

Year 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8 student s follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Studies.

Students focus on two objectives: Learning about religion and learning from religion.

Students follow a thematic approach which examines the six main world religions as well as some concepts which run throughout all religion.

Year 9

All students begin a GCSE in Religious Studies.  Students will begin an in depth study of Christianity and a second religion of their choice.

Year 10 and 11

Students follow AQA syllabus A (8062) in Religious Studies. Students will gain an in depth knowledge of Christianity and a second religion of their choice and be expected to answer questions on key beliefs and practices. Students will also look at how religion responds to the contemporary moral issues of:

Religion and Life

Religion and Peace and Conflict

Religion and Crime and Punishment

Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

Key stage 5

Students opt for the advanced courses in Religious Studies which focus on Christianity, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. We follow Edexcel’s syllabus.

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Selected problems in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethical Concepts
  • Ethical Dilemmas

Extra curricular

RE club runs every Monday night in Room 16. The club runs for students to come for extra support or catch up.