Year 12& 13 Religious Studies
Mr Kevin Ryan (Subject Leader)
Ms Sally Ann Godfrey (Assistant Vice Principal)
Key Stage 5
Students follow the AQA A-Level course in Religion and Ethics. This course follows on from the GCSE course studies at KS4 and builds on the skills which have been introduced. At AS, students consider four areas of ethical interest including ethical theory and applied ethics - looking at topical issues such as abortion and euthanasia. Students also look at the connections between religious philosophy and science examining proofs for the existence of God alongside scientific theories concerning the origins and endings of the universe. This course appeals to those both with a religious background and those of no religious persuasion. At A2 the units studied include religion & science: sexual ethics: Libertarianism, free will & determinism; , as well as an in-depth study of Religious Experience.
Gifted and Talented/Enrichment activities
Students may be offered the opportunity to attend conferences aimed at exploring aspects of the A level course.
The department follows the Academy policy on homework. In addition, students are offered 'take away' homework which offers students a more personalised approach towards the completion of homework.
The Philosophy & Ethics department considers literacy to be hugely important in contributing to the success of students. Literacy opportunities are planned for in Learning Schemes and used as a focus in the delivery of lessons, for written feedback and homework.
We aim to give our students insight into and understanding of the world around them include religious and non-religious beliefs and ideas. . What it means to be a good citizen and to be engage with local national and global issues. Students are able to reflect on ideas, including the self, that support and improve their emotional health and wellbeing.. We promote a strong SMSC ethos and treat every student as an individual with rights and therefore also responsibilities. As a group of staff, we are keen to promote strong values and encourage students to listen, share, discuss together, debate and analyse the world around them and as part of the Global Communication Faculty we are responsible for delivering the study of people, communities and society, as well as knowing ourselves.
A-Level Students in Philosophy & Ethics use AQA 'Religious Studies and Ethics' and AQA 'Religious Studies and the Philosophy of Religion'
Websites recommended by Religious Studies Dept
All staff attend parent consultation evenings, and prepare information handouts for parents when appropriate, e.g. revision guides for forthcoming examinations. The Subject Leader is also always available to address any concerns that parents may have.
GCSE and A-Level Religious Studies courses are valued and respected by outside agencies. They offer entry to many higher education courses and fields of employment. Ultimately, they may lead to careers in journalism, law, medical professions, police, education and the armed forces.