Students study Religious Studies in Years 7 to 9. A short course GCSE Religious Studies is compulsory and students can choose to study the full course with additional topics of study for a "full" GCSE in RE.
Year 7 students have one lesson per fortnight. They investigate religious beliefs and practices, giving opinions on what the reasons behind them might be. They think about how having a faith might affect both the individual and the community.
Year 8 students have two lessons per fortnight. Their investigation into Judaism leads onto a consideration of prejudice and discrimination. They then look at the role of religion in causing or healing conflict.
Year 9 students have two lessons per fortnight. A full investigation into Islam helps prepare for GCSE in year 10. Other topics help to develop the analytical skills students will need to answer examination questions.
For both short and full courses, we study the topics through two religions: Christianity and Islam. Both courses involve an examination at the end of the course. There is no coursework element to this course.
All students will take this paper to be awarded a short course GCSE, or as part of the full GCSE course. The key questions explored during this course are as follows.
Is it fair?
Looking for Meaning
RE short course specification.
Students who wish to study for a full course in GCSE Religious Studies will then study four further topics in addition to those in the short course. The key questions explored during this course are as follows
Religion and Conflict
Religion and Medicine
Authority Religion and State
RE Full course specification.