Key Stage 4: Core Religious Studies

Curriculum Intent

Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.

Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.

Students will consider different beliefs and attitudes to religious and non-religious issues in contemporary British society.

Curriculum Overview

  • To help students appreciate and understand other people’s beliefs and viewpoints
  • To help students understand that the world is full of people whose views may differ greatly from their own
  • To enable students to respect someone else’s viewpoint, even though it may differ from their own
  • To equip students with the skills needed for dealing with situations where they encounter differing viewpoints and challenges to their own thinking
  • To help students understand that everyone’s opinion matters, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation.

Pupils study a range of topics including: