Mrs L Colson, B.D.(Hons.), P.G.C.E., P.Q.H - Head of Department
Mr S Linton, B.Mus.(Hons.), P.G.C.E., A.L.C.M., Cert Mus. T (I.C.M.A.)
Statement of Values
All members of the school are important and each has a contribution to make within the whole school setting. We value thinking skills, achievement and the desire for knowledge along with the evaluation of that knowledge in everyday life. We acknowledge that Religious Education plays an important role in the school community life and that it has a valuable part to play in the personal, social and moral and spiritual development of the pupils within the school.
The following aims and objectives relate directly to the aims of Omagh High School.
- To maintain and/or stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Religious Education and to acquire knowledge and understanding of the subject with the skills in which to evaluate topics covered.
- To encourage students to have open, enquiring minds through the development of Thinking Skills and to perceive Religious Education in the context of a wider body of knowledge, vocabulary and skills to provide a sound basis for life long learning and the pursuits of personal interest.
- To employ a variety of learning and teaching activities and resources and ICT technology that allow all pupils irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability etc to have equal access to Religious Education and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
- To cultivate in students a sense of belonging, knowledge of differing denominations within Christianity, differing religions within the world, differing cultures and an empathy with people in our own and other societies.
- To develop in students an awareness of moral issues relating to today’s society and various religious and secular view points on these moral issues.
- To develop students as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the Economy and the Environment.
- To develop in students an understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live in religious, cultural and moral terms.
- To enable students to understand and confidently use the terminology specific to the subject.
- To encourage in students the development of informed opinions and to support such opinions with reasoned arguments and to communicate ideas and opinions effectively.
- To enable students to understand the complexities behind the issues relating to religious / cultural differences in today’s society.
- To support the implementation of the statement on ‘Shared Values’ and to enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal capabilities such as working with others, self-management, creativity, safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.
Key Stage 3
RE Overview of Year 8 – 10 Units
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
|Why Study RE?||Our World – the Environment||Jerusalem – A holy city?|
|The Bible||Jesus and others||Our moral views?|
|Relationships – the story of Ruth||Easter||Buddhism|
Key Stage 4
RE: Overview of GCSE Short Course / Full course Units
AQA Religious Studies GCSE Specification
Unit 2 Christianity: Ethics
1. The Right to life:
2. The use of Medical Technology:
- Fertility Treatments
- Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering
3. Personal Responsibility:
- Sexual Relationships
4. Social Responsibility:
- Prejudice and Discrimination
5. Global Concerns:
- The Environment
- World Poverty
- War and Peace
- Crime and Punishment
Unit 7 – Philosophy of Religion
The Existence of God:
- Theist, atheist and agnostic
- Difficulties proving the existence of God
- Arguments for and against the existence of God
- Relationship between proof of God’s existence and faith
The characteristics of God:
- God in one or many forms
- Type of language used about God
- What is God like?
Revelation and Enlightenment:
- How God revels himself to people – through nature, prayer, people etc
- How other people see these revelations
The problem with evil:
- Difference between natural and moral evil
- Why is there evil and suffering in the world
- How do religions explain evil and suffering
The compatibility of Science and Religion:
- Origins of the universe – science and religion
- Evolution and Creationism
- Does the afterlife exist – what to religions say it is like?
- Out of body – near death experiences
The AQA Religious Studies specification encourages you to:
- develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world;
- adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion developing wider thinking skills;
- treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion;
- reflect on and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of your learning.
Unit A—Religion and Ethics 1
Four topics are identified for study in this unit.
- Utilitarianism—decisions made on the basis of the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people.
- Situation Ethics—decisions made on the Christian principle of love for others.
- Religious teaching on the nature and value of human life.
- Abortion and Euthanasia.
Unit C—Philosophy of Religion
Four topics are identified for study in this unit
- The Cosmological argument.
- Religious experience.
- Psychology of religion.
- Atheism and postmodernism
Unit 3A—Religion and Ethics
Four topics are identified for study in this unit. This unit builds on previous work focusing on free will, sexual ethics and modern scientific advances.
- Libertarianism, free will and determinism.
- Virtue Ethics.
- Religious views on sexual behaviour and human relationships.
- Science and technology.
Unit 4—Religion and Human Experience
One topic is identified for study—Life, Death and Beyond.
- Religious and secular perspectives on the nature and value of human life.
- Religious and secular teaching on the end of the world.
- Religious and secular views about present life relating to life after death.
- Religious and secular views about death and beyond.
Each unit is 50% of AS, 25% of A Level.
Each unit is a 1 hour 15 minute written examination— candidates must answer two questions from a choice of four.
Examinations are available in January and June.
Each unit is 25% of A Level.
Each unit is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination:
Unit 3—Two essay questions from a choice of four;
Unit 4—One extended essay question.
Examinations are available in June only.
Communication (written and oral) Information Technology
Application of Number Working with others Problem Solving
Decision making Improving own learning and performance – Research skills
Students can progress to careers in higher education courses such as:
- Social work
Religious Studies is also an A’ Level which is given value to employers due to the skills that it promotes.
Careers linked with Religious Education
- Office administration
- Civil service
- Caring Professions (e.g. Teaching / Social Work / Counselling / Medical profession)
- Youth work
- Minister / Church
- Non-government,organisations (NGO)
- Work with charities