Religious Education

· Religious Education is everywhere

· Religious Education broadens your mind

· Religious Education is enjoyable

· Religious Education prepares you for life

It is a fun and engaging subject that will help you enormously throughout your life. Just as you are growing and developing, so is the world around you. The more informed you are about the events and people surrounding you, the greater the contribution you can make to the phenomenon that is life. This course involves examining ethical issues such as crime and punishment, medical ethics, the problem of evil and moral dilemmas in the modern world.

Year 7

Religious Education is included in project based learning.

Year 8

What will I study?

In year 8, you will study two units of work:

1. Judaism- You will focus on Jewish beliefs and practices. Students will explore key religious teachings, festivals and the importance of the Synagogue as a place of worship.

2. Prejudice and Discrimination – You will explore and engage with historical events such as the Holocaust, the work of Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Malala Yousafzai. You will also consider key religious teachings on ethical issues such as equality, human rights and justice.

Year 9

You will begin the GCSE full course in Religious Education and will be assessed by sitting two examinations at the end of year 11.

During the course of year 9, we will focus on the key beliefs, teachings and practices from the religions of Christianity and Judaism.

Religious Education is a compulsory subject and is taught to all students up to GCSE level.

GCSE Religious Education provides you with opportunities to look at, in more depth, Judaism and Christianity as well as explore your own responses to a whole variety of contemporary, moral and social issues.

You will explore key fundamental questions such as:

How was the world created?

Is all life of equal value?

Should we have the right to choose when to die?

Where does evil come from?

Can we truly forgive?

You will also explore ethical themes such as Human Rights and Relationships.

The course content allows you to evaluate and reflect upon your own views and opinions and it aims to develop your independent thinking and listening skills, in order to help your understanding and appreciation of the world around you.

RE is highly valued by universities and employers. Through studying sensitive and complex issues, you learn to express and fully develop your opinions, whilst remaining unbiased and fair. You will develop critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as skills in communication and evaluation, preparing you for future decision making. Many people who study RE go on to pursue careers in law, medicine, politics, journalism, publishing, Public Relations and Human Resources, media, banking, teaching and many more!