Religion & Philosophy

In Religion and Philosophy (RP), we aim to promote an ethos of understanding through a discovery of world religions and philosophical and ethical issues.  We encourage students to consider their own thoughts and beliefs about a variety of ‘Big’ questions which have puzzled humans for centuries and formulate their own ‘answers’ based on analysis of the ideas and beliefs of others.

In KS3 all students cover programmes of study which include investigations into specific world religions and units which consider moral or philosophical issues which are then applied to the teachings and beliefs in the religions that they have studied.

In KS4 RP is an option for GCSE, with elements of RP being studied by all students through the Learning for Life carousel system.  We study the OCR GCSE J625 course, following components 01, 02 and 06 – (Christianity, Islam and Perspectives in religious thought through the religion of Christianity)

Religious Studies can also be studied at A Level. We study the OCR A Level H573, following components 01 – Philosophy of Religion 02 –Religious Ethics and 04 – Developments in religious thought through the study of Islam.

 

Main Topics Covered

Year 7

  • What is RP?
  • What does it mean to be a Muslim?
  • Festivals of light
  • What does justice mean to Christians?
  • What does it mean to be a Buddhist?
  • Why should humans bother to care for the environment?

Year 8

  • Martin Luther King – the fight for equal rights.
  • What does it mean to be a Hindu?
  • Is there such a thing as a miracle?
  • Who am I?
  • The ethics of 21st Century technology
  • Religion and its response to poverty

Year 9

  • How do we decide what is moral or immoral?
  • What is philosophy?
  • Religious responses to medical ethics.
  • The God dilemma
  • Does suffering make it difficult to believe in God?
  • Good vs Evil

Year 10

  • Christianity – Beliefs and teachings
  • Islam - Beliefs and Teachings
  • Christianity – Religion Philosophy and Ethics from a Christian perspective
  • Dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes
  • Relationships and families

Year 11

  • Christianity – Practices
  • Islam - Practices
  • Christianity – Religion Philosophy and Ethics from a Christian perspective
  • The existence of God
  • Religion, peace and conflict

Year 12

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Ethics
  • Developments in Religious thought – Islam.

Year 13

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Ethics
  • Developments in Religious thought – Islam.
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