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Upton-by-Chester High School

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
  • Mrs J. Dey

Email the department: rsdepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

Curriculum

Key Stage 4

Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective (J625/06–10)

Students will approach the study of religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world through a study of four key themes.

They should be able to:

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different philosophical and ethical arguments

• Analyse, evaluate and discuss the issues raised by the topics

• Demonstrate the depth of your understanding of Christianity by referring to teachings, beliefs, views, attitudes and values and where appropriate consider similarities and differences within different Christian groups

• Refer to different philosophical, ethical or religious ideas

• Consider the issues raised for Christianity in Great Britain.

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.

Sixth Form

Religious Studies, Philosophy & Ethics (Edexcel)

Students will consider philosophical issues and questions: the nature and influence of religious experience, problems of evil and suffering, philosophical language, works of scholars and influences of developments in religious belief. In addition there will be a study of ethical theories: application of ethical theories to issues of importance, ethical language, deontology, virtue ethics, medical ethics and beginning and end of life issues. The social, historical and religious context of the New Testament is studied, including historical-critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars.