The study of moral, ethical and philosophical questions to better understand human nature.
In Religious Studies you will cover three elements:
Philosophy of Religion
Learners will study: ancient philosophical influences/the nature of the soul, mind and body/arguments about the existence or non-existence of God/the nature and impact of religious experience/the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil/ideas about the nature of God/issues in religious language.
Religion and Ethics
Learners will study: normative ethical theories/the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance/ethical language and thought/debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience/sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
Developments in Religious Thought
Learners will study: religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world/sources of religious wisdom and authority/practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition/significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought/key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.
The course is taught by RS specialists. The course is extremely popular with excellent results. Students who have studied RS over the past years have embarked upon various courses and careers.
Past students have gone on to study for degrees in Law, Theology, History, Education, French, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, English and Music. Past students have entered various occupations including Banking, Nursing, Acting, Teaching, Administrative work, Social work, Law and Accountancy to name but a few.
Many students from other schools have been successful on the course.
All candidates who wish to study Religious Studies should have gained at least a grade 4 in Religious Education and English at GCSE.