Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 in addition to PD lessons, students are offered an opportunity to study EDUQAS Religious Studies to GCSE level. The course develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism, religious practices and provides opportunities for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. This course is divided into three components:
Component 1: Religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world
- Theme 1: Issues of relationships
- Theme 2: Issues of life and death
- Theme 3: Issues of good and evil
- Theme 4: Issues of human rights
Component 2: Study of Christianity
- Beliefs and teachings
Component 3: Study of a world faith: Islam
- Beliefs and teachings
Further information can be found at http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/gcse/
Key Stage 5
Religious Studies at A level is academically rigorous. Students will examine some of the ideas of the greatest minds and deepest thinkers. There is space for debate and discussion but also an explicit demand that students are willing to write essays of a sophisticated nature whereby they evaluate critically the views of others. We follow the EDUQAS A Level Religious Studies course which is divided into three main areas of study.
Component 1: A Study of Religion
This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of Hinduism covering themes ranging from religious figures and sacred texts to practices that shape religious identity.
Component 2: Philosophy of Religion
This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to the use of religious language.
Component 3: Religion and Ethics
This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental ethical themes, ranging from ethical language and thought to freewill and determinism.
Further information can be found at http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/alevel/
Outside the classroom
During Key Stage 4 to compliment and enrich their learning in preparation for their GCSE examinations the department organise a visit to a place of worship. The trip enriches students’ understanding of topics within the syllabus of injustice, religious expression and the importance of religious buildings for community cohesion.
Similarly at KS5 students are offered the opportunity to spend time with the Hindu faith community in Newcastle with a specific focus on ISKCON.
At KS5 and when on offer for KS$ students attend Candle Conferences.