The ability to understand the faith or belief of individuals and communities, and how these may shape their culture and behaviour, is an invaluable asset for our students.

The lessons learnt in Religious Studies prepare students for responsibilities, experiences and opportunities later in life.



Completed BA (Hons) in Humanities followed by a PGCE in Religious Studies at the University of Birmingham. I have taught at Shireland Collegiate Academy since 2001 and became Head of RS in 2002. I still have a huge passion for the subject and hope Religious Studies continues to inspire our students.

 

WHAT IS COVERED IN:

Through the L4L curriculum:

  • Worship in Hinduism
  • Who am I?
  • Big Bang Theory vs Creation
  • Religious Pilgrimage
  • Buddhism
  • Faith Study of Islam
  • Sacred writings and Inspirational People (RS Focus Day)

Through the L4L curriculum:

  • Why do sacred texts matter?
  • Jewish persecution and the Holocaust
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Religions in India
  • Easter
  • Religion in the 16th century
  • Science and Religion – Mystery of the Universe (RS Focus Day)

Through the L4L curriculum:

  • Mythical Creation Stories
  • Stewardship
  • Ethics of war
  • Buddhist Beliefs and Practices
  • Impact of 9/11
  • The Hereafter (RS focus day)

GCSE AQA Religious Studies:

Thematic Studies through Christianity:

  • Relationships and Families
  • Religion and Life

Religions:

  • Beliefs and Teachings of Islam
  • Beliefs and Teachings of Sikhism

Unity in Diversity (RS focus day)

GCSE AQA Religious Studies:

Thematic Studies through Christianity:

  • Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

Religions:

  • Practices in Islam
  • Practices in Sikhism

Ideas of God and Spirituality (RS focus day)

KS4 Course

WHAT CAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LEAD TO?

Religious Studies can lead to a range of careers, in particular:

  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Medical Science
  • Journalism
  • Education/teaching
  • Social and Community service
  • Media

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 written examinations worth 50% each, Religions and Themes.

WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

In Religious Studies students are required to adopt a range of skills including:

  • Reflection
  • Evaluation
  • Interpretation
  • Empathy
  • Critical analysis
  • Communication

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We follow the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus – Learning and Living.