St. Joseph's Catholic College

Religious Education

 

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Religious Education is at the heart of curriculum with an engaging learning environment where students are encouraged to reflect both on their own beliefs, values and opinions whilst exploring the religious views of others. As a department we challenge our students to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, as well as a grounding in Christian beliefs and practices. Students are encouraged to reflect on the teachings of the Catholic Church and the impact of those teachings on their daily lives. They are given opportunities to discuss and debate spiritual and ethical issues, and to formulate their own opinions backed up by sound reasoning. The RE department facilitate opportunities for students to put their faith into practice through fundraising and other worthwhile causes, which can make a positive contribution to the wider community both locally, nationally and globally.

Religious Education is a compulsory subject for all key stages and follows a programme of study in line with the Bishops Directory for Catholic Education. At Key Stage 3 students study the requirements of the Bishop’s Conference: What does it mean to be a ‘People of God’?

Key Stage 4 students study Edexcel GCSE course in Catholic Christianity with Judaism. At sixth form the A Level in Philosophy and Ethics is popular with students and all 13 students partake in a General RE programme of study.

Course Outline

Key Stage 3 Pupils study the requirements of the Bishop’s Conference: What does it mean to be a ‘People of God’?

Year 7:

In Year 7, they study the nature of God; the nature of Jesus Christ, the values promulgated in Christian living, the concept of sacrament: baptism; a study of Judaism and an analysis of the challenges of living in contemporary society as a Christian.

Year 8:

In Year 8, they study the Old Testament and the concept of promise keeping and Covenant between humans and God; How we live as People of God: pilgrimage and Advent; relationships with others including love and marriage; Passion, Death and resurrection; a study of Hinduism and a final study of the early Church including Pentecost and confirmation.

Year 9:

In Year 9, they study science, faith and stewardship, the philosophical problem of evil, a study of Islam and a final study of Christian ethics and the sanctity of life. In term 4 students will begin the study of GCSE Religious studies for Edexcel Specification A in Catholic Christianity with Judaism.

GCSE

Year 10 and Year 11:

In year 10, students begin the study of GCSE Religious studies for Edexcel Specification A in Catholic Christianity with Judaism.

GCSE students engage in the study of Christian beliefs and practices, sources of wisdom and authority and Christian expression in art, sculpture and architecture. This is complemented by a study of the beliefs and practices of Judaism.

In year 11, students will study philosophy and ethics: arguments for the existence of God, and ethical issues surrounding marriage and the family and human sexuality.

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