Main School

Religious Studies


Mr R Tomlinson Head of Department
Ms F Hassan 2nd i/c with responsibility for KS3
Ms A Duhig

Department Overview

We live in a troubled world where the position of religion is seen by some as a positive influence in the world and by others as irrelevant. Students of all faith backgrounds and none are encouraged to explore the role of religion in the world and their own lives. The curriculum is designed to be accessible to all.
Although the RE Department is small it is well thought of by both staff and students alike. RE is a compulsory subject at KS3 and then becomes an option for those students who wish to pursue it. There is also an element of RE incorporated into the Citizenship programme at Key Stage 4. It is also a popular subject amongst A Level students.

A Level Religious Studies

A full A Level in Religious Studies is offered by the Department with experienced staff teaching it.Prior study of the subject is not a necessary requirement. Currently there are two classes running in each of Year 12 and Year 13 with about 90 students in total. Whilst it is a Religious Studies course there is a high Philosophy and Ethics content. We are following the OCR course in which there are 3 component modules all of which are examined at the end of Year 13.The component modules studied are as follows:

  1. Ethics – A study of what Ethics is and how it is influenced by religious belief. The module looks at how ethics is applied to a number of issues in society such as war, business, sexuality, abortion and euthanasia. Plenty of areas for debate and discussion.

  2. Philosophy of Religion – Philosophy is a way of looking at difficult questions in the world and developing ideas and arguments. On this course students will consider the question of why there is evil in the world and how religion deals with it.Does God exist? The philosophy of ancient Greece. Can people really have experiences of God?

  3. The Beliefs and Practices of Modern Islam – This module deals with an in-depth study of modern Islam in the world. Areas of study include key beliefs, Shari’ah Law systems, Sunni-Shi’a split, the Sufis, Islamic philosophers and Islam and the growth of science.