Religious Education
KEY STAGE 3.
Year 7
Pupils will study Britain’s multi-cultural background and discuss the importance of studying other people’s religions and lifestyles; the main features of the six major faiths, the importance of the Bible to Christians, Hindu beliefs and practices are also studied with an emphasis on the afterlife.

Year 8
Christianity, Judaism and Sikhism are studied. Units on Jewish and Sikh lifestyles are taught – food laws, clothing, worship and celebrations. Christian moral teachings are studied and linked to the lives of famous Christians.

Year 9
Christianity, Islam and Buddhism are studied. We concentrate on the Five Pillars of Islam – faith, prayer, fasting, charity and pilgrimage. The problem of suffering, monastic lifestyle and meditation are studied within Buddhism.

KEY STAGE 4.
Full Course
In this course pupils will study eight concepts of religions. The department has chosen to study Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. There are two final examination papers at the end of year 11. This course will be taught as an accelerated course.

The themes studied are : Relationships, Our World, Human Rights, Looking for Meaning, War and Peace, Religious Expression, Religion and the State, and Medical Ethics.

Short Course
In this course pupils will study four concepts of religions. The department has chosen to study Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.There will be a final examination at the end of year 11.

The themes studied are: Religious Expression, Religion and the State, War and Peace, and Medical Ethics.

Entry Pathways
The aim of the Entry Pathways qualification is to provide a course which is suited to the needs of the less academic pupil who might find difficulty in dealing with GCSE. During the course the pupils will study five themes of religion: Relations, Our World, Rights, Looking for Meaning, and Identity and Belonging The department has chosen to study Christianity and Islam.

KEY STAGE 5.
Outline of AS and A2 courses:
AS:-
• Eastern Philosophy - Buddhism – 50% of AS - An opportunity to learn about an eastern religion and philosophy. A religion which is different to the other major faiths of the world, because it doesn’t have a God. We will study the Buddha’s life history, and the religious beliefs and customs, and an opportunity to nurture and understand meditation skills.

• Religion in Contemporary Society - 50% of AS - This module is split into 4 units. Unit 1 – Ethics, Medical and Environmental Issues – euthanasia and animal rights are studied. Unit 2 – Religion and Media: How religious themes are portrayed throughout television – e.g. soap operas and The Simpsons. Unit 3 - Religion and Sociology – students will consider religion’s place within modern society e.g. secularism and fundamentalism. Unit 4 – Psychology of Religion – what do psychologists think of religion, in particular the views of Freud and Jung. Is being religious the result of a healthy mind or a mental neurosis.

A2:-
• Buddhism 50% - An opportunity to extend knowledge and understanding of Buddhism. Emphasis on the various Buddhist customs and beliefs globally.

• Synoptic 50% - Life, Death and Life after Death. The students will study different beliefs about life and life after death within several religions.

Assessment Structure:
Students are expected to sit 2 exams.
An exam on Religion in Contemporary Society and Buddhism – June.
Each exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
There is no Coursework.

Reading
“Buddhism” – Denise Cash
Buddhism – Dominique Side
Bwdhaeth ar gyfer myfyrwyr UG – Wendy Dossett (UWIC)
Crefydd mewn Cymdeithas Gyfoes – Wendy Dossett, Karl Lawson, Roger Owen, Andrew Pearce (UWIC)
The Gospel According to the Simpsons – Mark Pinsky

The new specification is currently being discussed, and the latest information will be made available as soon as possible.