In Year 7, it begins with an introduction to the subject and the skills that will be developed. Students then examine themes related to the body/health education. They move onto to look at the important religions within the UK, encouraging students to develop presentations on key features of the religions. Students will then reflect on the need for emotional intelligence.
In Year 8, students will examine the way in which money influences behaviour by looking at issues like charity, fair trade, gambling and the way in which religious teachings about money help develop actions by others. Students will then follow a series of lessons called “Human rights, human wrongs” where they look at issues connected with human rights.
In Year 9, students begin the year by looking at the law and the issues connected with it. They then progress to a module based on the theme of war, violence and peace, where students consider issues such as whether there can be a just war, how to respond to violence and the influence of key thinkers like Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Consideration is then given to a set of moral issues, where the class research and present on key debates such as poverty, crime and punishment and the use of atomic weapons.
In Year 10, students begin by a course called “Issues of life and death” which looks at key moral debates such as abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment. The next module is about how politics affects us. Sex and relationship education is an important feature of term two in year 10. Students also receive help in financial education and in careers/work experience.
Religious Studies GCSE is taught as an option in Year 10 and 11. Students undertake studies of two religions in depth, Buddhism and Christianity. They then study four other modules on relationships and families, religion and life, the existence of God and revelation and religion, peace and conflict. They have two one and a half hour examinations at the end of the course.