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Religion & Philosophy
Religion and philosophy ask questions about who we are, where we are going and what is important in life. These are the questions which we will all ask in life. However, the answers are by no means clear.
Religion and Philosophy deals with the ‘deeper’ issues of life and helps pupils become more thinking, sensitive yet critical individuals. As such it has a fundamental role to play in creating the individuals who will be part of future societies.
We combine the study of beliefs and practices in world religions with more speculative work on religious ideas, and ethical considerations. So, whilst the subject is a rigorous academic study, it also deals with personal, spiritual and moral questions that face all human beings.
We seek to engender mutual tolerance, understanding, openness and an appreciation of diversity. We are lucky to have a diversity of faiths within the schools and we find that lessons about particular faiths are greatly enhanced when pupils are able to bring their own experiences and understanding.
Religion and Philosophy never seeks to preach but aims to facilitate students to develop to their own informed opinions.
- A variety of modern textbooks
- Various artefacts from different religions
Our Students Say:
‘Religion and Philosophy is the only subject where there is no right or wrong answer, and will be useful in any career you follow’.
Years 7 - 9
- Introduction to World Religions
- Contemporary Judaism
- The Big Story – an overview of the Key Themes in the Bible
- Introduction to Ethics
- Religion and the Media
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Life after Death
- Belief in God
- Religion and Science
- Independence Island – a project on developing a society
Years 10 - 11
OCR Religious Studies GCSE
- The Religious Studies GCSE is not compulsory for students, but all students are encouraged to consider taking it as an option.
- The course is divided into three modules: Beliefs and Practices: Christianity; Beliefs and Practices: Islam; and Religion and Ethics in the Modern World
- Each module is examined in a separate examination at the end of Year 11
- The course includes an in depth study of two religions: Christianity and Islam, and a study of Christianity in the modern world
In Year 11, students study for the third exam, a study of Religion and Ethics in the modern world, with a particular focus on Christianity.
Why study Philosophy and Ethics?
Religious Studies A Level helps you to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion and relate it to the wider world, and to develop knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the specialist study of religion. The course content is entirely philosophy and ethics based, and you will adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to religion and be able to reflect upon and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of your learning. A Level Religious Studies is recognised as a rigorous academic qualification by universities, and will be useful to students considering a wide range of degree courses including Philosophy, Theology and a range of other disciplines across the arts and humanities. It is a useful qualification for those considering careers in the judiciary, teaching, journalism and any other career where good literacy skills and an ability to see different points of view are necessary.
Religious Studies is a subject that is welcomed by Russell Group universities and is a particularly good foundation for Philosophy, humanities and the social sciences.
Recent Exam Success
The pass rate at A Level last year was 100%, with almost three quarters of students achieving A*-B grades.