Religious Studies/Religious Education

All pupils at Grosvenor study Religious Studies from Year 8 until the end of Year 12.

Head of Department

Mr M Smith

The following is a brief outline of what takes place and what possibilities there are. This page is a work in progress, and we hope to increase the number of links, as well as providing resources tailored to each particular year group for home study. The courses of study are based upon, and expand upon, the Northern Ireland Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

Key Stage Three

At Key Stage Three we focus mainly upon the teachings of the Christian Church, as well as giving pupils in each year a brief over-view of a major World Religion.

We also begin to develop skills of Knowledge, Understanding and Evaluation, as well as looking at Key Moral Issues which will be useful for whatever option is chosen at Key Stage Four

Year 8

  • The Life and Actions of Abraham and Moses
  • The Life of Jesus, focusing upon parables, miracles and the events of Holy Week
  • How the Bible Came to Us
  • Judaism – including a project which will count as 30% of the end of year examination
  • David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz

Year 9

  • The Growth of the Christian Church from Pentecost until the Present Day
  • Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian Churches
  • A project on Christian Attitudes towards Substance Abuse –which will count as 30% of the end of year examination
  • Islam
  • Jackie Pullinger

Year 10

  • An Introduction to Religious and Moral Issues
  • Including: Family life
  • Relationships
  • Medical Issues
  • War and Peace
  • Care of the Environment
  • Focussing upon the Christian response to these and other issues
  • Buddhism

There is no coursework component in Year Ten

AT THE END OF YEAR TEN PUPILS CAN CHOSE TO STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES AS A FULL GCSE. THOSE WHO DO NOT WILL WORK TOWARDS A HALF COURSE GCSE. THIS IS DESIGNED TO TAKE PLACE WITHIN THE COMPULSORY RE LESSON, BUT IT IS OBVIOUSLY NECESSARY FOR PUPILS TO LEARN THE VERY COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE PACKS WE ISSUE IF THEY ARE TO OBTAIN A GOOD GRADE

Key Stage Four

  • Short Course Religious Studies
  • Includes:
  • The Existence of God
  • The Problem of Evil and Suffering
  • Types of Belief
  • Abortion
  • Relationships
  • War and Peace
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • World Poverty
  • The Natural World

This is examined by one 1 hour and 45 minute examination at the end of Year 12

Full Course Religious Studies

Module One

  • Key Beliefs of Christianity
  • Evidence for and against the Existence of God
  • Suffering
  • Life After Death
  • Abortion
  • War and Peace
  • Religion and Prejudice
  • Planet Earth: origins of life, animal welfare, care of the planet

This module will be taken at the end of year 11. There is no coursework component

Module Two

  • Different types of Truth
  • Religious faith, trust, reason and experience
  • Spirituality and ways of expressing it
  • Matters of Life – medical ethics, assisted fertilisation, cloning
  • Matters of Death – euthanasia, care of the elderly, hospices
  • Drug Abuse
  • Crime and Punishment
  • The rich/poor divide

This exam will be taken at the end of year twelve¸ and there is no coursework component

All these issues in all three units at Key Stage Four are studied from the point of view of two contrasting Christian denominations.

The full specification for each exam can be found here.

 

A – Level

AS Level

Three units are taken by the end of Year Thirteen

Module One

An Introduction to Religion and Human Experience

  • Religious Experience
  • Religious Authority
  • Religious Belief
  • NB this module is taken in January

Module Two

An Introduction to the New Testament

  • Reflections on Jesus in the Birth, Death and Resurrection Accounts
  • Reflections of Jesus in the Gospel Teachings
  • Focussing on parables and miracles
  • Contemporary Biblical Criticism

Module Three

An Introduction to Religious Ethics

  • Christian Moral and ethical teaching
  • Kant’s Categorical Imperative
  • Utilitarianism

These ethical theories are applied to issues such as:

  • Medical Issues
  • Environmental Issues

A2 Examination

Again three modules are studied, developing the work of the AS year. All three modules are taken in the June of Year 14

One paper of one hour for each module

Module One: Studies in the New Testament

An in-depth examination of some aspects of the Gospel of Saint John, including

  • The Signs
  • The Discourse
  • The Passion and Resurrection Narrative

Module Two: Studies in Religion and Ethics

  • Free Will and Determinism
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Religious Ethics
  • Applied to issues such as:
  • Science and Technology
  • Animal Experimentation
  • Economic and Business Ethics

Module Three: Studies in religion and Human Experience

The ‘synoptic’ module, drawing together ideas and issues from the entire course, as well as from outside experience and students’ own research.

It will be based upon ONE of the following three areas:

  • Religious Experience
  • OR Religious Authority
  • OR Life, Death and Beyond

One paper of one hour thirty minutes for each module

The full specification for the A-Level can be found here.