Religious Education

Key Stage 3

As a Core Subject, students at St Mary’s Catholic School will study Religious Education for 10% of their curriculum time. This equates to 5 hours a fortnight.

Year 7

Students begin the year by learning about the history of St Mary’s Catholic School, how the Catholic Life of the School is evident within our community, and what it means to be part of a Catholic Christian community. We study our school’s Patron Saint, as well as the lives of our various House Saints. Much of the rest of the year explores themes that tie in with the Eucharist, which is at the centre of our Catholic Faith. We explore the concepts of sin, forgiveness, sacrifice, vocation and reconciliation. We also examine the different types of texts found in the Bible and how and why these are important for Christians today.

Year 8

Our Year 8 programme of study starts right at the beginning of the Bible with a study of the Genesis accounts of Creation. We look at different ways of understanding these accounts, and how these compare to other explanations of our origins. We consider Pope Francis’ letter ‘Laudato Si’ and how it should impact on our lives as Stewards. We then look at the lives of the Prophets, and explore how their messages may still be relevant today. In the Spring Term we focus on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, examining the reasons why Christians believe he is both Human and Divine, as well as exploring the events of his Passion and Resurrection. In the Summer Term we look at how Christianity grew from a small Jewish sect in Palestine to a global religion reaching all the way into Britain and the rest of the world. 

Year 9

In Year 9, we explore the other major world religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam) as well as exploring the diversity within the Christian Faith (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches). We explore a number of themes, such as origins, initiation, food, worship and pilgrimage, each from the perspective of the different religious groups we study. Students learn about different religious beliefs and practices, evaluating similarities and differences between them and those found in Christianity.

To view our student friendly assessment criteria, please visit:Key Stage 3 Level Descriptors

Students begin their GCSE course after Easter with a study of two units. One unit focuses on Creation whilst the second unit is called Kingdom of God. 

Key Stage 4

All students at St Mary’s Catholic School study Religious Studies at GCSE, and will have 5 hours a fortnight of lessons in this subject.
All students follow the AQA Religious Studies Specification B qualification. There are ten modules (units) to study in total and assessment is by two examinations at the end of Year 11. Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes. The examinations and units are:

- Judaism (25%). This comprises of two units: Beliefs and teachings and Practices;
- Themes (25%). This comprises of the study of two themes: “Religion, Relationships and Families” and “Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice”.

For more information please visit: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-b-8063

There is no coursework or controlled assessments

 

Key Stage 5

Core Religious Education

All Sixth Form students at St Mary’s Catholic School study a non-exam Core Religious Education Course. This is in line with the requirements of the Education Act (1944) and the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, which require that students study Religious Education for 5% of their curriculum time. This is 1 hour a week, and does not involve any homework, coursework or end of year exams.  Students will study modules on Catholic Social Teaching and Ethics, Science and Religion and Human Trafficking, for example.

A Level Religious Studies Year 12
Students in Year 12 will follow a course which is provided by the Edexcel exam board. The three main areas of study are:

Christianity
This includes religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

Philosophy of Religion
This includes: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language.

Religion and Ethics
This includes: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; applied ethics.

This will be examined at the end of year 13 with three two hour papers.

For more information please visit:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/religious-studies-2016.html

 

A Level Religious Studies – Year 13
Year thirteen students are following a course which is provided by the Eduqas exam board and covers three main areas of study. 

Christianity
This includes religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

Philosophy of Religion
This includes: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language.

Religion and Ethics
This includes: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; applied ethics.

This will be examined at the end of Year 13 with three two hour papers.

For more information please visit:  https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/as-a-level/

 

Upcoming Events

15 Oct

Interhouse X Country - Years 7-10

15 October, 2019 – 22 October, 2019
 
16 Oct

Year 11 PSHE - Father Carlos

9:30am - 11:00am
 
17 Oct

Year 13 Invitation Only Parents' Evening

4:00pm - 6:00pm
 
18 Oct

Art - Cambridge University Museum of Zoology - Year 10

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