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Key Stage 3

As well as providing a knowledge of Christianity and other faiths, Religious Studies at Key Stage 3 also encourages pupils to begin to engage in related philosophical and ethical questions.

· Year 7: Pupils in this introductory year will begin to explore the nature of religious belief and practice. In this context, there will be an in-depth investigation of Sikhism and, as with all subsequent years, various aspects of Christianity will be studied. There will also be an opportunity to consider some fundamental ethical dilemmas through such role-play activities as designing a utopian society.

· Year 8: The main topic will be ‘The Peoples of the Book’ – a study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This year will also involve looking at New Religious Movements (NRMs) such as Rastafarianism, New Age and Neopaganism.

· Year 9: The main emphasis for this year will be on ‘Eastern Traditions’ such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Taoism. This will also benefit those who go on to study the subject at GCSE as Hinduism is one of its key areas of focus. As well as looking at more advanced aspects of Christianity (again with the GCSE in mind), pupils will also complete a unit of work entitled ‘Issues of Life and Death’ with a stress on ancient Egyptian practices.


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we invite students to study RS at Full GCSE Level. The AQA syllabus we follow is divided into two components:

Component 1: The Study of Religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices. Students must study two religions. At CCGS we have selected Christianity and Hinduism. There is one exam for this component which is 1 hour 45 minutes long. It is 50% of the GCSE.

Component 2: Thematic Issues. There are four ‘themes’: ‘Relationships and Families’, ‘Religion, Peace and Conflict’, ‘Religion, Crime and Punishment’ and ‘Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice’. There is one exam for this component which is 1 hour 45 minutes long. It is 50% of the GCSE.


Key Stage 5

Our popular A level course is all about asking the “big questions” – How and why did the universe come about? Is there a God? What is truth? Why are we here? What is right and

wrong? What is evil and why does it exist? How should we live our lives? Is language adequate as a means of communication? Is there anything after death? Do we really have control over our actions? The list goes on! As well as considering these questions from a philosophical angle, the course also considers how religion, specifically Christianity, tackles them.

At the end of the second year students will sit two exams:

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. Here, students will be examined on a range of topics including arguments for the existence of God, evil and suffering, religious experience, religious language, miracles, life after death, ethical theories, free will, conscience and specific ethical issues such as embryo research and animal welfare. There is one exam for this component which is 3 hours long. It is 50% of the A level.

Component 2: Study of Religion (Christianity) and Dialogues between Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Section A of the exam will ask questions specifically on Christianity. The topics covered include the nature of the Bible, the authority of Jesus and the church, Christian concepts of God, death, the afterlife, ritual, and how Christianity contends with gender, sexuality, science, secularism and pluralism. In section B of this exam students will be asked questions that encompass the key strands of the course - philosophy, ethics and religion. There is one exam for this component which is 3 hours long. It is 50% of the A level.