Religious Studies and Life Learning

“When two people argue about religion, they are both wrong.” Anon.

We challenge our students to question their own assumptions, conventional wisdom, traditional teaching and current thinking.  As a result, we desire our students to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually. 

The starting point of Religious Studies is the belief that religion has been and continues to be a significant influence on the way that the world has developed, and that these influences have affected societies and individuals alike, for good and for bad. Without a full understanding of religion, it is not possible to have a full understanding of our world. 
Our Religious Studies curriculum is inclusive, creative and enriching.  Through debate and exploration, our students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of religious, philosophical and ethical matters.  Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own ideas, show empathy and respect for others, and where necessary challenge assumptions.

Teaching Aims and Objectives Within Religious Studies Lessons

  • To provoke challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.  
  • To learn about religion, and learn from religion, in order to develop a knowledge and understanding of worldviews in local, national and international contexts. 
  • To promote tolerance, respect and understanding of different faith and belief systems. 
  • To develop ideas, values and identities. 
  • To gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence.  
  • To listen respectfully and respond to the ideas of others. 
  • To question and challenge ideas and evaluate personal beliefs and the beliefs of others.
  • To appreciate diversity between and within faiths.  
  • To understand the importance and relevance of being part of a community.  
  • To consider how religion, belief and faith affects those living in Modern Britain today through their beliefs and actions.
  • To develop an awareness and understanding of the role that spirituality plays in the lives of people of all faiths, belief systems and backgrounds.

Areas Studied: 

Year 7: 
What do people believe?
Philosophy for Children 
Christianity and Jesus 

Year 8: 
Faith in Action
Islam 
Suffering and Evil 
Buddhism 
Philosophical Thought 

Year 9: 
An introduction to ethics
Religion and the media 
The existence of God 
Philosophy for Children 

GCSE: 
AQA Religious Studies 3 units: 
Christianity 
Sikhism 
Ethical Issues from a Christian and Sikh perspective. 

A Level: 
Eduqas Religious Studies 3 units: 
Philosophy 
Ethics 
Hinduism 

For more information about RS, please contact Alison McMillan or Tracy Glover at the College.