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RE

Subject: RE
Contact: Mrs E. Merryweather

Overview

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the Eduqas Religious Studies syllabus. The course gives students an introduction to ethical, philosophical and theological topics and applies them to contemporary situations. Students have nine lessons a fortnight and are co-taught by two teachers who share responsibility preparing students for their examinations over the two year course.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

Ethics: Deontological Ethics - Natural Law

Teleological Ethics - Utilitarianism

Philosophy: Arguments for the existence of God -inductive and deductive.

Ethics: Teleological Ethics continued-  Situation Ethics

Philosophy: Challenges to Religious belief – The problem of Evil and Religious belief as a product of the human mind.

A Study of Christianity:

Theme 1: Religious figures and sacred texts.

Year 13

A Study of Christianity:

Theme 2: Religious concepts and religious life.

Philosophy: Religious Experience - how the philosophy of religion has, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in religious beliefs and practices.

A Study of Christianity:

Theme 3: Significant social and historical developments in religious thought.

Philosophy: Religious language.

Ethics: Determinism and free will.

Natural Law – A2 components and AS revision.

A Study of Christianity:

Theme 4: Religious practices that shape religious identity.

Philosophy: Revision.

Ethics:

Revision.

Assessment components:

Component 1:

A study of religion

Component 2:

Philosophy of religion

Component 3:

Religion and Ethics

What’s assessed

This component offers the choice of the study of one religion from a choice of six:

Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism

There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and identity

What’s assessed

There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language.

What’s assessed

There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

1/3 of qualification

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

1/3 of qualification

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

1/3 of qualification

Questions

Learners will be expected to answer one of two questions from Section A, and one of three questions from Section B.

Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Questions

Learners will be expected to answer one of two questions from Section A, and one of three questions from Section B.

Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Questions

Learners will be expected to answer one of two questions from Section A, and one of three questions from Section B.

Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Enrichment opportunities:

Vardy Ethics and Philosophy Conference Manchester for A-Level Students

Religious studies revision workshops Chester University Theology and Religious studies dept.

RE enrichment group - Thursday’s 12.20-12.55 in LBI7 with Mrs Merryweather and Nick Sherrat from C.S.C.W.

Useful websites to support learning:

Excellent set of podcasts on Ethics courtesy of the University of Oxford. website
YouTube channel with ethics resources. website
Good overview of ethics – in charts. website
A link to the news stories in the Guardian that have an ethical theme. website
Provides basic philosophical information. website
The Philosophers' Magazine. website
Dialogue: a journal of religion and philosophy. website
A-level Journal: Challenging Religious Issues website
Society of Biblical Literature website
BBC Bitesize website
Eduqas A-Level specification website