Religious Studies

Head of Subject: Mrs C Davis
Assistant Head of Subject: Ms K McKay

​The Religious Studies Department has a number of specialist RS teachers, with the majority of RS lessons taking place across 4 classrooms. The Department is well resourced with text books, revision guides, artefacts and digital resources.

Religious Studies is taught in mixed ability groups across the full age range. In Years 7 to 9, students are taught in form groups

The Religious Studies Department run a variety of trips throughout the curriculum. In Year 7, students have the opportunity to visit Rochester Cathedral & Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend, this is to support the Year 7 module on Worship. In Year 8, there is a trip to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden & Harrow Mosque, this trip enables students to complete more thorough research for a Festivals project.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Topic Lists


 Year 7


Ultimate questions 

Poverty & Wealth

Animals & the Environment 

Worship 


 Year 8


Religion & Society

Festivals

Relationships & Families

Medical Ethics

Forgiveness

Key Stage 4

GCSE Religious Studies

We believe that Religious Studies is an important subject because every area of life is touched by issues to do with belief.  Following a Religious Studies GCSE course will enable students to study and explore what people believe about a range of philosophical and ethical issues.  Students will have opportunities to engage with questions about why people believe in God and how beliefs can influence many aspects of their lives.  Respect and consideration are also shown towards non-religious approaches to life.

In lessons, students will be expected to think, talk, discuss, question and challenge, reflect on and assess a wide range of questions.  As young people growing up in a diverse society, studying religion will help them to understand and relate to people whose beliefs, values and viewpoints differ from their own, and help them to deal with issues arising, not only in school, but in the community and workplace.

The study of religion will also help students to make connections with a whole range of other important areas, such as music, literature, art, politics, economics and social issues.

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE


All Year 9 students have been studying the Religious Studies GCSE course since September.

Year 9

  • Christian Beliefs & Teachings

  • Christian Practices

  • Buddhist Beliefs & Teachings

  • Buddhist Practices

Year 10

  • Religion, Human Rights & Social Justice

  • Religion, Crime & Punishment

  • Religion, Peace & Conflict

Year 11

  • Religion & Life

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Assessment is by exam papers which contribute 100% of the total marks. Every student in Year 11 takes the full Religious Studies GCSE exam. Assessment is via 2x 1 hour 45 minute examination papers


EXAM BOARD: AQA

SPECIFICATION: 8062

For further details, please click on the link below:

AQA GCSE Religious Studies