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Religious Studies

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

At KS3 Religious Studies, students study a range of religions including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism to develop their knowledge and understanding of the diversity of faith in the world around.

Students focus on key beliefs, their importance and how these beliefs impact on how believers act and the subsequent challenges of this. 

Students also develop their analysis and evaluation skills, looking at philosophical and ethical questions around afterlife, how the world began and moral decision-making.  Students analyse different perspectives to these questions, consider the impact of holding a specific belief on the lives of believers and evaluate the success of the arguments for these viewpoints.   

GCSE

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics is an opportunity to learn about the world around, exploring Christian and Buddhist beliefs and how these believers follow their faith in a modern 21st century world.  This course involves an in- depth study of two religions and then applying these religions to ethical and philosophical issues, including weapons of mass destruction; abortion; euthanasia; relationships and the death penalty. 

This course is made up of two units:

Unit 1

Students will gain an understanding of different beliefs and teachings in Modern Britain, focusing specifically on Christianity and Buddhism. Students will explore key beliefs and teachings and then learn how believers follow their faith in a modern 21st Century world.

Unit 2

Students will explore how religion can be applied to a number of ethical topics looking specifically at religion and life; relationships and families; peace and conflict and crime and punishment. Key issues include abortion; animal experimentation; weapons of mass destruction; euthanasia; the death penalty; sexual ethics and terrorism.

Curriculum information

Year 7

Learning outcomes

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the diversity of religious beliefs and practices in the world around.
  • To understand the impact and challenges of having a religious faith in the modern day.
  • To develop skills in enquiry, analysis, reasoning, application of beliefs and critical evaluation.
  • To reflect on and develop students’ own values, opinions and attitudes.

Topics taught

  • British Culture
  • Islam – beliefs and practices
  • Hinduism – beliefs and practices
  • Religious art project

Year 8

Learning outcomes

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the diversity of religious beliefs and practices in the world around.
  • To understand how religious belief affects decision making
  • To develop skills in enquiry, analysis, reasoning, application of beliefs and critical evaluation.
  • To reflect on and develop students’ own values, opinions and attitudes

Topics taught

  • Christianity
  • Moral questions – how religion helps make moral decisions
  • Is there life after death?
  • Is religion still relevant today?

Year 9

Learning outcomes

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Christian beliefs and practices in the world around
  • To develop skills in enquiry, analysis, reasoning, application of beliefs and critical evaluation
  • To develop students’ ability to construct well-argued, informed and balanced arguments
  • To reflect on and develop students’ own values, opinions and attitudes

Topics taught

  • Christian beliefs and teachings
  • Christian practices
  • Ethical issue: peace and conflict

Year 10

Learning outcomes

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Buddhist beliefs and practices in the world around
  • To develop skills in enquiry, analysis, reasoning, application of beliefs and critical evaluation
  • To develop students’ ability to construct well-argued, informed and balanced arguments
  • To reflect on and develop students’ own values, opinions and attitudes

Topics taught

  • Buddhist beliefs and teachings
  • Buddhist practices
  • Ethical issue: Religion and Life
  • Ethical issue: peace and conflict

Year 11

Learning outcomes

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Christian and Buddhist beliefs and practices in the world around
  • To develop skills in enquiry, analysis, reasoning, application of beliefs and critical evaluation
  • To develop students’ ability to construct well-argued, informed and balanced arguments
  • To reflect on and develop students’ own values, opinions and attitudes

Topics taught

Retrieval and consolidation of:

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Christian Practices
  • Ethical issue: Religion and Life
  • Ethical issue: Peace and Conflict
  • Buddhist Beliefs
  • Ethical issue: Relationships and Families
Link to exam specification

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/rs/specifications/AQA-8062-SP-2016.PDF

Philosophy promotes our reasoning abilities and expands our knowledge of other cultures; it’s very eye-opening and interesting.
Year 10 student