Religious Studies

Introduction

The Religious Studies department at St. Julian’s has long appealed to religious and non-religious learners alike and we are proud that so many of our students have continued to study the subject at GCSE, A Level and beyond. Our department aims to broaden pupils’ knowledge and experience of other faiths and cultures and learners are encouraged to reflect on, and explain their own beliefs and how it impacts on their own lives. We believe that RS is about encouraging students to explore questions about life and their place and purpose in the world, as well as looking at some of the answers that religious and non-religious people have offered in response to these questions. We place a great emphasis on discussion based activities and encourage students to reflect on their own and others beliefs, regardless of their religious conviction.

The department is comprised of three specialist teachers and has its own suite of specialist teaching rooms. The Head of Religious Studies is Miss Huggleston. The Deputy Head of the department is Miss West. Mrs Morgan is the third specialist in the department, who is also the Spiritual and Moral Development Co-ordinator for the school. In addition to this, Mr Moruzzi, Miss N Davies and Miss Wells deliver aspects of the religious studies curriculum.

Subject Team

Ms Huggleston Ms West Ms Morgan
Head of Department Second in Department Moral & Spiritual Co-ordinator
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Key Stage 3

Year 7 – What is Spirituality?, Festivals Through the Senses, Heroes

Year 8 – Planet X, Worship and Ritual, Pilgrimage

Year 9 – Prejudice and Discrimination,Violence, War and Peace, Rites of Passage

Key Stage 4

The exam board that we use for Key Stage 4 Religious Studies is OCR. All students study ethical and philosophical issues during lessons. Students who have not opted for Full Course GCSE are required to complete the Short Course specification which is completed in one lesson a week. This specification comprises of the following topics:

Religion and Medical Ethics,

Religion and Human Relationships,

End of Life,

Belief about Deity.

 

The Full Course students complete four extra modules as well as the above which are:

Religion and the Media,

Religion and Equality,

Good and Evil,

Religion and Science.

Key Stage 5

Students who opt for Religious Studies AS Level study ‘Introduction to Buddhism’ and ‘An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion’. At A2 Level, students continue to study the ‘Philosophy of Religion’ as well as prepare for the Synoptic Paper which involves an exploration of life, death and the afterlife.

Future pathways

Religious Studies is a useful qualification in any area which deals with people. It is a subject that explores ethical and moral issues which are relevant in contemporary society. The skills that learners develop during RS lessons equip them for further education and the wider world. It allows students to think critically about ethical and philosophical issues, a skill which is highly valued in the workplace. It is also a good place to develop communication skills through our lively debates and discussions. The many possible career paths for learners studying religious studies include teaching, law, medicine and social work.