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Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Key Stage 3
Yr7 Assessment
Yr8 Assessment
Key Stage 4
Yr11 Assessment
Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Pupils follow a Diocesan Scheme of Work “Icons”, studying the following units in Year 7:

  • Beginnings and Belongings > Understanding the importance of belonging to a community such as the Becket School
  • Bible > An opportunity to develop Biblical skills and research the different types of writing in The Bible
  • Baptism > An investigation into Infant and Adult Baptism
  • Mass and The Eucharist > A study of the central ideas of Eucharist and Mass
  • Advent > An opportunity to discuss the importance of Advent
  • Prayer > An examination of prayer, involving different methods of prayer and the power of answered prayers
  • Love and Service > A study of the Sacraments of Vocation
  • Lent and Easter > A textual based project investigating the last week of Jesus’ life
  • Sin and Reconciliation > An investigation into the origin of sin and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Holy Places > An exploration of the practice of Pilgrimage and Holy Places around the world
  • Islam > An introduction to the teachings and practices of Islam

 

Year 8:

Pupils follow a Diocesan Scheme of Work “Icons”, studying the following units in Year 8:

  • Salvation History > An investigation into the Covenants and Salvation of Humanity
  • Judaism > A study of the teachings and practices of Judaism
  • Who is Jesus? > An exploration of Jesus through study of St Marks Gospel
  • Pain, Death and Resurrection > A reading of the Passion of Jesus Christ
  • Discipleship > An exploration of discipleship and the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Knowing God > An examination of arguments for the existence of God and their ability to reconcile with Science
  • The Church > An enquiry into Church History and Authority
  • Prophecy > A foundational study of the Prophets of the Old Testament and investigation into Modern Day Prophecy

Key Stage 4

GCSE (Exam Board: Eduqas – Route B)

The GCSE will be assessed through three examinations:

Foundational Catholic Theology 37.5% Exam: 1 ½ hours, 90 marks

Applied Catholic Theology 37.5% Exam: 1 ½ hours, 90 marks

Judaism 25% Exam: 1 hour, 60 marks

 

Year 9 – Foundational Catholic Theology

Students study the following topics in Year 9:

Origins and Meanings

  • Origins and Meanings of the Universe
  • Beliefs on Creation
  • The Bible
  • Forms of Expression in Painting
  • Forms of Expression and Symbolism
  • Practices – Catholic Social Teaching – CAFOD, SVP

Good and Evil

  • Good, Evil and Suffering
  • Trinity
  • Incarnation
  • Jesus and Moral Authority
  • Sculpture and Statuary
  • Practices – Pilgrimage, Lourdes, Piety

Year 10 – Applied Catholic Theology

Students study the following topics in Year 10:

Life and Death

  • Death and the Afterlife
  • Eschatology
  • The Magisterium
  • Forms of Expression – Artefacts
  • Forms of Expression – Music
  • The Funeral Rite
  • Practices – Prayer in the Catholic Community

Sin and Forgiveness

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Redemption
  • Church
  • Forms of Expression – Buildings
  • Sacraments of the Catholic Church
  • Mission and Evangelisation

Year 11 – Judaism

Students study the following topics in Year 11:

Judaism – Beliefs and Teachings

  • The Nature of God
  • Messiah (Mashiach)
  • Covenant
  • Life on Earth
  • The Afterlife

Judaism – Practices

  • Worship in Britain and Elsewhere
  • The Synagogue and Daily Life
  • Rituals
  • Festivals

Yr11 Assessment

Please click the link below to access the Religious Education Personal Learner Checklist:

Personal Learner Checklist – RE

 

Key Stage 5

AS and A2 (Exam Board: Edexcel)

For As Religious Studies there will be three exams. Each exam is 1 hour and is 33.33% of the total qualification.

For A2 Religious Studies there will be three exams. Each exam is 2 hours and is 33.33% of the total qualification.

Paper 1 Philosophy of Religion

Content overview

  • Philosophical issues.
  • Nature and influence of religious experience.
  • Problems of evil and suffering.
  • Philosophical language.
  • Works of scholars.
  • Influences of developments.

Paper 2 Religion and Ethics

Content overview

  • Significant concepts in issues and debates.
  • Study of three ethical theories.
  • Application of ethical theories.
  • Ethical language.
  • Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars.
  • Medical ethics.

Paper 3 New Testament Studies

Content overview

  • Contexts of the New Testament.
  • Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus.
  • Interpreting the text and the purpose and authorship.
  • Ways of interpreting the scripture.
  • Texts and interpretation.
  • Scientific and historical-critical challenges.