Religious Studies

Teaching Staff

  • G Cross (Director of Learning)
  • S Wilkinson.

Department Information

Religious Studies is a rigorous and demanding academic discipline in its own right. It engenders critical thinking and rigour in the search for truths in uncertain fields. It encourages philosophical thought, theological debates that are rooted in sociological studies. Students acquire decision making skills, collaboration and independent working skills through the search for compromise and conflict resolutions that work in increasingly complex concepts. We believe that Religious Studies truly creates opportunities for young people to develop their skills of dialogue, interpretation and analysis in a coherent context. All these are vital skills in a modern workforce where communication, collaboration and cooperation are core skills. As a department we pride ourselves on providing opportunities to bring classroom learning to life; through a diverse plethora or trips and visitors we are truly able to provide our students with a tangible understanding of the role of religion in the modern world.

Key Stage 5

At KS5 we follow the OCR Philosophy, Ethics and Developments of Christian Thought. The course is delivered over two years culminating in three examinations, one for each component studied. We do not offer AS level RS as all students are entered for the full A Level course.

Lessons are delivered through a mixture of taught sessions, seminars and discussions.

Assessment takes place at the end of the two year course and consists of three 2 hour examinations for each of the course components. These examinations account for 100% of the overall grade.

 

 

Developments in Christian Thought

(Year 12 Sept – Jan)

 

 

Ethics

(Year 12 Jan-June)

 

 

Philosophy

(Year 13 July-Dec)

 

Content:

  • Augustine’s Teaching on Human Nature,
  • Death and the Afterlife,
  • Knowledge of God’s Existence,
  • The person of Jesus Christ,
  • Christian moral principles,
  • Christian moral action,
  • Religious pluralism and theology,
  • Religious pluralism and society,
  • Gender and society,
  • Gender and theology,
  • The Challenge of Secularism,
  • Liberation Theology and Marx.

 

Content:

 

  • Natural Law
  • Situation Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Euthanasia
  • Business Ethics
  • Conscience
  • Sexual Ethics

Content:

 

  • Ancient philosophical influences*
  • Soul, mind and body*
  • Arguments based on observation*
  • Arguments based on reason*
  • Religious experience*
  • The problem of evil*
  • The nature or attributes of God
  • Religious language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
  • Twentieth century perspectives and philosophical comparisons

 

1 x Exam 120mins

3 x questions /40

  • AO1 – Knowledge and influences. (40%)
  • AO2 - Analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. (60%)

 

 

1 x Exam 120mins

3 x questions /40

  • AO1 – Knowledge and influences. (40%)
  • AO2 - Analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. (60%)

 

 

1 x Exam 120mins

3 x questions /40

  • AO1 – Knowledge and influences. (40%)
  • AO2 - Analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study. (60%)

 

 

Option 2 – Extended Project

For the 2019-2020 academic year, we are also delighted to offer the continued study of RS through Extended Project. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to select a topic of their choice that they can then study in further detail. This will be supervised by Mrs Cross.

This option will be assessed via a 5,000 word essay.

For further details on the Extended Project, please see Mr Collingwood or Mr Shearer.