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Kingswood Secondary Academy

Course Information

Years 7 – 9

All Year 7 students will learn through a thematic approach within the Humanities Department. Topics of interest include: A local study of Corby; Our identity in the UK; Rights and Responsibilities; Conflict; Health and Disease; Current Global Issues. Students will respond to key questions, with the focus on developing ‘Oracy’. During Years 8 and 9 students follow a scheme of work which has been developed from the Northants Agreed Syllabus. Topics of study include: Evil and Suffering; Buddhism; Moral Issues; Peace and Conflict. Each unit of work culminates in some form of assessment, e.g. self and/or peer assessment, designing a personal piece of work complete with explanation/justification, a research based project, etc. The work is marked in accordance with the agreed level descriptors. Homework is usually set once a fortnight and is linked to the current topic of study. Educational visits take place where appropriate.

Overview of KS3 RS: (Year 7 will be added shortly).

Years 10 – 11

Students can choose to study a full GCSE course in Religious Studies. We study the new Edexcel Religious B Specification. The course consists of two areas of study: Religion and Ethics and Religion, Peace and Conflict.  By studying the Religion and Ethics unit, students learn Christian attitudes to: Belief in God; Marriage and the Family; Living the Religious Life; Matters of Life and Death. The second unit, Religion, Peace and Conflict, focuses on Islam and attitudes to: Belief in God; Crime and Punishment; Living the Religious Life; Peace and Conflict. Each unit culminates in an exam style assessment which is graded according to the exam board criteria. As students’ progress towards their target grade, their results are recorded, monitored and discussed with them. Students sit the exam for both units at the end of Year 11. Homework is set weekly and takes a wide variety of forms, e.g. researching a topic ready for the next lesson, answering part of an exam style question, producing a mind map of a topic, etc. Educational visits are made to a place of interest.   

Course specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-2016.html#tab-1

Please click on the link below to access an overview of KS4.

Overview of KS4.

Years 12 and 13

A Level Religious Studies will encourage learners to: develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world; develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion; develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies; adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion; reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.

In Philosophy of religion students study philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and influence of religious experience and the problems of evil and suffering. They will also explore philosophical language and thought, through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in the philosophy of religion. Religion and ethics is characterised by the study of ethical language and thought, with exploration of key concepts and the works of influential thinkers. Ethical theory will also be applied to issues of importance; namely euthanasia, business ethics, and sexual ethics. Developments in religious thought provides an opportunity for the systematic study of one religious tradition. This will include the exploration of religious beliefs, values, teachings and practices that shape religious identity, as well as sources of wisdom and authority. Also central are the ways in which religious traditions have developed over time, and religious responses to challenges and significant contemporary social issues.

Each section of a unit is assessed with an exam style question so that student progress is recorded, monitored and discussed. External examinations take place at the end of Year 13. Homework is set, usually on a weekly basis, and takes a variety of forms, e.g. reading and annotating an article, completing a timed exam style question, researching and preparing a presentation on a set topic, etc.

Course specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/242913-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-religious-studies-h573.pdf