Social Sciences

Key Stage 3

Students will deepen their understanding of important beliefs, concepts and issues of truth and authority in religion. They apply their understanding of religious and philosophical beliefs, teachings and practices to a range of ultimate questions and ethical issues, with a focus on self-awareness, relationships, rights and responsibilities. Topics studied include the lives of various religious leaders, prayer, expression within religion and prejudice and discrimination.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE full course is offered to all students. Students explore two world religions, Christianity and Islam. They will learn about key beliefs such as the nature of God, creation and life after death. Students will also learn about practices within each religion, such as worship, holy books and festivals.

Students also study a range of contemporary issues, finding out about religious responses to these issues while also forming their own responses to these issues. Topics such as animal rights, crime and punishment and prejudice and discrimination are studied.

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