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Religious Studies

The RS department is a vibrant, friendly, talented and enthusiastic place to be. Students achieve excellent results and have the opportunity to investigate spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of life. We encourage our students to broaden their mind and embrace the world in which they live, of which they are a significant part!

Staff include:

  • Mrs K. Smale (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs E. Summers (Second in Department)
  • Mrs R. Benson
  • Mrs K. Chapman
  • Mrs A. Vianello

Email the department: rsdepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

During Year 7, students complete 4 Modules. These consist of:-

  • What is RE? This unit looks at morality, believing and not believing in God and ways of looking at our world. The aim is for pupils to air their thoughts and feelings about life.
  • Who Am I? This looks at the importance of the individual. It focuses on family life and being special.
  • Jesus and Christianity. This involves the study of the person of Jesus and Christian beliefs.
  • Islam. This module looks at Muslim beliefs and way of life.

During Year 8, students complete 3 modules.

  • Hinduism: this module looks at Hindu beliefs and customs.
  • The Environment: the study of religious views of the environment and responses to environmental issues.
  • Sikhism: this module looks at Sikh beliefs and customs.

During Year 9 students complete 5 modules.

  • Contemporary Moral Issues: students study moral issues and moral dilemmas. They will study crime and punishment, problem of evil and suffering and peace and conflict.
  • Judaism: students study Jewish beliefs and customs
  • The Shoah: students study the events of the Holocaust and focus on prejudice and discrimination.
  • Equal Rights: this unit focuses on human rights with a specific study of Dr Martin Luther King.
  • Buddhism: this module looks at the Buddhist beliefs and customs.

Key Stage 4

Core

The course consists of two units.

Religion and Life, which is split into four areas of study:

  • Believing in God
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Matters of Life and Death
  • Social Harmony

Religion and Society, which again is spilt into four areas of study.

  • Religion and Social Responsibility
  • The Environment
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Peace and Conflict.

Students are required to sit 2 examinations, one on each unit. Each Exam is 1hr 30 minutes in length.

Option

 The OCR GCSE Religious Studies course is divided into two sections; Philosophy and Ethics.

  • In Philosophy the students study topics such as; Religion and Science, Beliefs about God, Religious Experience, Life and Death, and the issue of Good and Evil. 
  • In Ethics students study topics such as; Human Relationships, Medical Ethics, Religion and the Media, and Peace and Justice.  

Students are assessed by four (1 hour) written examinations at the end of Year 11. This includes two exams based on the topics studied in the Philosophy section of the course and two exams based on the topics studied in Ethics.

Key Stage 5

The department offers both AS and A2 qualifications in Religious Studies. The course consists of the study of both Philosophy and Ethics. Students sit two examinations for AS.

  • 1. Foundations, students are required to answer 3 questions from a choice of topics in Philosophy and Ethics. The Examination is 1hr and 45 minutes in length
  • 2. Investigations. Students investigate an issue concerning medical ethics and address this question in the exam. They have to complete one question. The length of the examination is 1hr and 15minutes.

There are two further examinations for the study of A2.

  • 1. Developments: students are required to answer 3 questions from a choice of topics in Philosophy and Ethics. The Examination is 1hr and 45 minutes in length
  • 2. Implications: students will be given an Anthology addressing either Ethics of Philosophy. They will study and annotate the Anthology in class and then answer a generic question on a selected part of the passage in the exam. The Examination is 1hour and 15minutes in length.