Religious Studies is taught to all students from Years 7-11 in fifteen minute weekly sessions. The programmes of study in Year 7 cover the topics ‘An Introduction to Religion’ and ‘Judaism’. As the students continue through KS3 in Year 8 the students cover ‘Christianity’ and ‘Hinduism’. The topics covered in Year 9 are ‘Islam’ and ‘Sikhism’, and in Year 10 ‘Why do people believe in God?’ and ‘Religion and the Media’. Towards the end of KS4, in Year 11, the students will cover ‘Religion and Art’ and ‘Religion and Society’.
In KS4 we offer our students the opportunity to study ‘Religious Studies’ as a GCSE option choice. The Religious Studies GCSE option allows the students to learn about Christianity and Islam, as the two main religions that are covered in the course. The students will also have the opportunity to study key areas of study including ‘Marriage and the family’, ‘Matters of life and death’, ‘Crime and punishment’ and ‘Peace and conflict’ from religious perspectives. This course enables the students to learn about key teachings in both the Christian and Muslim faith, as well as how both Christians and Muslims live out their faiths. The course aims to cover how religions positive to society locally and globally. These topics are covered in eight units of work that will be assessed over two separate exams as the end of the GCSE course.
Our departmental philosophy in Religious Studies is to teach students about all of the main religions in the world; their key teachings, key historical figures and how religion positively contributes to our society. Our aim is therefore for our students to learn both about the main religions and from the main religions. The programmes of study that we have put in place also enable our students to develop their thinking skills as they explore key philosophical questions relating to the meaning and purpose of life. We aim to encourage our students to be able to think critically, and for them to be able to articulate and express their views about the place, value and contribution of religion in the world in the twenty-first century, in a respectful way and with the ability to listen to others and to value the insights that other students can offer in relation to the topics and themes that are covered.
Students that graduate with degrees in Theology (Religious Studies) go on to have successful careers in a wide variety of different fields of work. The ability to think critically and philosophically about other religions, lifestyles and cultures, that is cultivated in Religious Studies, as well as the ability to study and analyse texts and literally works in depth, enables graduates in theology to pursue successful careers in areas such as education, law, civil services, journalism, film and the media, leading and supporting charities, as well as a variety of religious ministries.