Key Stage 3
The courses we follow in the department are built upon the aims and objectives of the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus. We aim to ensure that all pupils understand and appreciate the nature and diversity of religious belief and practice, and why these are important and influential for faith communities.
All pupils should be able to:
develop a sense of their own identity and worth
become more aware of the reasons why people commit themselves to beliefs
appreciate how language and art is used by faith communities to evoke or express religious feelings and beliefs.
For more detailed information about what is studied each term in Years 7 to 9, please see the Parents’ Curriculum Guides in the Learning/Curriculum section of the school website.
Key Stage 4
What will I learn?
This course is divided into two components:
Component 1: The study of beliefs, teachings and practices from Christianity and Islam
Students should study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam specified in the specification and their basis in Christian and Islamic sources of wisdom and authority. They should be able to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate. Students should study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies. Common and divergent views within Christianity and Islam (in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed) should be included throughout.
Component 2: Thematic Studies – Religious, philosophical and ethical studies
Students should consider different religious, philosophical and ethical arguments and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of different perspectives on the issues studied, within and/or between religions, as well as non-religious views. Students should demonstrate their understanding of religion through their application of teachings from religion and beliefs and through specific references to sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts as appropriate.
- Religion and life
- Religion, peace and conflict
- Religion, crime and punishment
- Religion, human rights and social justice
You will learn how Christians have responded to each of the moral and philosophical issues and will be expected to express and develop your personal viewpoints.
How will I be assessed?
This AQA course is assessed by two 1¾ hour written examinations. The GCSE course is now linear. Pupils will take both component examination question papers in the summer term of Year 11.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by a mixture of teacher-led presentations, whole-class discussions, small-group discussions (focused on developing problem-solving skills through the exploration of various case-studies), classroom tests, and watching provocative and stimulating DVDs. We engage in 'e-mentoring', supplying resources such as spare DVDs, and responding with students via e-mail.
The moral issues component provides an excellent basis for study of Religious Studies (i.e. Philosophy and Ethics) at A Level.