Head of Department: Mrs Hinchliffe
Faculty Staff: Mrs Bailey , Ms Francombe, Mr K McDermott, Mrs R West
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth
The aims of the Religious Education syllabus is to provide each young person with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Christian faith and to appreciate the spiritual and religious dimensions of life. It is hoped that this will enable each young person to make informed and balanced judgements on matters of faith and morals, both now and in the future.
As a Catholic College whose mission and values are underpinned by the Christian faith, Religious Education forms an integral part of every students’ learning. The subject encourages students to investigate and explore the nature and diversity of religion and faiths and their importance for individuals and society. It allows students to openly discuss and debate theology in a relevant and interesting context.
Full account is taken of the Liturgical seasons of the Church’s year and topical lessons are undertaken when the Church’s seasons fall within the school year. The work of the Religious Education Faculty is intended to make a major contribution to the personal, moral and spiritual development of each young person, as well as to contribute to the wider spiritual life of the school community as a whole.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
The aim of RE at Key stage 3 is to increase knowledge and understanding of the religious dimension to life as well as opportunities to question, enquire, reflect and respond to the challenges of faith. We provide opportunities to stimulate students’ curiosity and enjoyment of RE; to help students recognise and appreciate the religious and spiritual dimensions in life; to allow all students, irrespective of their religion, belief, gender, ethnic origin and academic ability, to have equal access to the curriculum; to help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the catholic faith as an expression of our relationship with God; to help students gain a knowledge, understanding and respect for the religious beliefs of other faith traditions. It is our intention that this will enable them to make informed and balanced judgments on matters of faith and morals both now and in the future. Students are encouraged to ask questions and think for themselves throughout the study of these topics and consider their own direction of their faith journey and how they respond to God’s call.
All students study a range of topics throughout lower school that include: St Gregory & Monasticism, Jesus, Judaism, Islam, God, Right & Wrong, the Sacraments, People of the Old Testament, Pilgrimage, Christian Responsibility & Relationships.
All students are assessed regularly and are made aware of their current level of working.
Who Is God?
Who is Jesus?
What is the Kingdom of God?
What are the signs of Catholic identity?
What are the signs of identity for the Jewish people?
What are the joys and challenges of living as people of God?
What does it mean to be a covenant people?
How is Jesus the new covenant?
How do we live as Covenant people?
How do we live out reconciliation?
What are the signs of Hindu identity?
How do we meet the challenge to live justly?
What are the signs of Islamic identity?
Who is Jesus?
Do faith and science conflict?
How is God revealed?
How should I live my life? (relationship education)
What are we called to be?
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
Have started studying the new 2016 GCSE Eduqas – Route B
Course code: C120PB
Exam Board Specifications: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/gcse/eduqas-gcse-RS-spec-full-from-2016.pdf?language_id=1&dotcache=no&dotcache=refresh
This course covers 3 components which each has two themes and will be examined in 3 separate papers at the end of year 11 with first examination in 2018.
Component 1 – Foundational Catholic Theology.
Theme 1 – Origins and Meaning
Theme 2 – Good and Evil
1hr 30 minute exam 37.5% of grade
Component 2 – Applied Catholic Theology.
Theme 1 – Life and Death
Theme 2 – Sin and Forgiveness
1hr 30 minute exam 37.5% of grade
Component 3 – Judaism.
Theme 1 – Beliefs and Teachings
Theme 2 – Practices
1 hour exam 25% of grade
Course Code: GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel 2RS01
Course Code: GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel 3RS01
Exam Board Specification: www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20New%20GCSE/GCSE_Religious_Studies_Spec_2012.pdf
Students study the relationship between Roman Catholic Christianity and Life in the UK and Faith and Practice. Students will also examine other Christian traditions and beliefs.
There are two papers which are both sat at the end of year 11 and are worth 50% of the final grade each. Religious Education papers are designed to give access to the full range of GCSE grades and are not tiered.
They are taught a section at a time from each unit. The two units are as follows:
Unit 3 Religion and life based on a study of Catholic Christianity
- Section 3.1: Believing in God
- Section 3.2: Matters of Life and Death
- Section 3.3: Marriage and the Family
- Section 3.4: Religion and Community Cohesion
Each section also includes a study of how the issue is presented in one form of the media, TV dramas, soaps and films.
Unit 10 Catholic Christianity
- Section 10.1: Beliefs and Values
- Section 10.2: Community and Tradition
- Section 10.3: Worship and Celebration
- Section 10.4: Living the Christian Life
There is also a GCSE short course available which will cover only unit 3 of the syllabus over two years, where appropriate.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
Course Code: A Level Religious Studies Edexcel
Exam Board Specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/religious-studies-2016.html
Students who take this course:
Students should enjoy discussion, expressing their opinions and justifying their comments. They should want to develop their critical and analytical skills. This subject equips students with problem solving, communication and presentation skills and therefore is an excellent choice of subject for those thinking about Law, History, Education & Medicine. It is also ideal for students who want to keep their options open for further study. Students should have a minimum grade B in RE and grade 6 in English Literature.
However it is not always necessary to have studied GCSE RE and we will consider other applicants based on other Humanities and English grades.
This course will be an opportunity to study some fundamental questions which people have always asked about life including: How should we behave and act in society? What is the purpose of life? Can we prove God exists? Is there Life after Death? What is the value of scripture in contemporary society?
It will encourage you to deal with controversial ideas about belief and values and will give you the confidence to express yourself using reasoned argument and evidence. It will focus on using the writings of key scholars to explore differing viewpoints about the development of the ideas. It will develop transferable skills of informed discussion and engagement with a range of texts and opinions which are a valuable basis for progression to higher education.
There are three themes to be studied in this course with each area of study equating to a third of the overall course. Each theme will be examined in a separate paper.
AS and A Level students will, in Year 12, be taught together. Those wishing to only do it to AS Level will be examined at the end of Year 12. Those wishing to continue to A Level will sit their exams at the end of Year 13.
For more information on this A Level course, click here.
Enrichment and Links:
The RE department runs a program of retreats for all students in Year 7-8 and voluntary overnight retreats to Kintbury throughout the rest of the school. Year 7 spend an away day with their tutor group early in term one and Year 8 currently spend a day participating in various workshops at the Ammerdown Centre.
We are fortunate to have a Lay Chaplain who runs a wide range of activities including: meditation, prayer, weekly Mass, fundraising activities and charity awareness. We also celebrate whole school Mass on Feast Days and at the beginning and end of terms.
The Christian Union group is run by Year 11 students and Bath Youth for Christ visit once a week for discussion with Year 11.
Religious Education News
Many of our students have completed the ‘Mega Youth Poll’ in their RE lessons or as part of their homework this week.
Students studying for GCSE RE
This coming week we will be branching out into our parishes, having our students lead prayer and worship in different ways at St Mary’s and St Peter & Paul’s.