Overview of the Subject
Religious Studies has a very positive image throughout the school and aims to develop students as successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. The Religious Studies curriculum emphasises the importance of key concepts and promotes the development of personal, learning and thinking skills. The purpose of Religious Studies is to support students in developing their own values and principles and support their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. A further purpose of Religious Studies is to foster mutual understanding between students of differing religious and cultural backgrounds.
KS3 Students develop their understanding of, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Sikhism as well as undertaking a systematic study of Humanism.
Religious Studies follows the Leeds Agreed Syllabus for Religious Studies which reflects three key areas:
RELIGION: A. Investigate the beliefs and practices of religions and other world views.
1. Beliefs and authority: core beliefs and concepts; sources of authority including written traditions and leaders;
2. Worship and Spirituality: how individuals and communities express belief, commitment and emotion.
PHILOSOPHY: B. Investigate how religions and other world views address questions of meaning, purpose and value.
1. The nature of religion and belief and its key concepts;
2. Ultimate Questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth.
ETHICS: C. Investigate how religions and other world views influence morality, identity and diversity.
1. Moral decisions: teachings of religions and other world views on moral and ethical questions; evaluation, reflection and critical responses;
2. Identity and Diversity: diversity among and within religions and other world views; individual and community responses to difference and shared human values.
Religious Studies is offered as a GCSE option in years 10 and 11. The awarding body WJEC
The DfE stipulates six requirements for GCSE Religious Studies. It states that GCSE specifications in Religious Studies must require students to:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two religions;
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith;
• Understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies;
• Understanding significant common and divergent views between and/or within religions and beliefs;
• Apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values;
• Construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values set out in the subject content below.