The Religious Education department aims to provide a stimulating environment where students can discuss issues about life and what it means to be human. Covering all the themes of the PSHE curriculum, R.E encourages students to think about ‘the bigger picture’ by asking challenging questions, considering different opinions and commenting on the fairness of the world they live in.
Religious Education is taught to GCSE in years 10 and 11, and students are given the opportunity to study for a half or a full GCSE in this subject.
Programme of study
Unit 1 – Religious Studies and Morality.
This unit has 4 sections:
- Medical Ethics Fertility treatments; transplants; medical technology including cloning; genetic modification, stem cell research; human experimentation
- Drug Abuse What are drugs? Why do people take drugs? Legal and illegal drugs, classification and the effects of drugs on the user, their families and society.
- Crime and Punishment Different crimes and punishments; causes of crime; reasons for punishment; the death penalty; human nature – can criminals help themselves?
- Rich and Poor in Britain Causes of wealth and poverty; gambling; good and bad ways to earn and spend money; homelessness; ways of helping.
Unit 2 – Religion and Citizenship.
This unit has 4 sections titled:
- Religious Attitudes to Relationships
- Religious Attitudes to Work.
- Religious Attitudes to living in a Multicultural Environment
- Religion and Identity.