The department consists of three members: Mrs. Davies, Mr. Fellows and Mr. Proctor. We work towards increasing the students’ knowledge and awareness of the various different religious traditions of the world, encouraging both tolerance and critical appreciation. Throughout the key stages students have the opportunity to investigate various philosophical and ethical issues for themselves. We do not seek to promote any particular religion or religious view. Instead, we want students to develop their own, critical understanding. 

 

KS3

In Key Stage Three we investigate the various beliefs and practices of the major religions of the world. With each religion we help the students to relate what they have learned to their own experience.

Islam

Life of Muhammad
Five Pillars of Islam
Hajj
Salah
Mosque

Christianity

Main events in the life of Jesus
Selected Parables
Moral Teachings
Christian Churches

Buddhism

Life of Buddha
Four Noble Truths
Eightfold Noble Path
Primary Precepts
Samara

Hinduism

Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Karma
Ramayana
Brahman
Reincarnation

KS4

GCSE Religious Studies

In year 9 students begin to study the Edexcel GCSE. The focus of study shifts to an examination of important moral issues from Islamic, Christian and Non-religious perspectives. This is a full GCSE and is divided into two main sections, as outlined below:


Unit 8 Religion and Society


Rights and Responsibiltiies

Christian Sources of Moral Authority
Human Rights
Democratic Processes
Genetic Engineering

Environmental and Medical Ethics

Threats to the Environment
Christian and Islamic Attitudes
Fertility Treatments
TransplantSurgery

Crime And Punishment

Law and Justice
Theories of Punishment
Capital Punishment
Christian and Islamic Attitudes to Justice and Punishment
Issues relating to alcohol and drugs.

War and Peace Issues

The idea of a Just War
Pacfism
Bullying
Conflict in the Family

Unit 2 Religion and Life


Belief in God

Should a Christian bring up his or her child to believe in God?
How do religious experiences lead to belief in God?
What are the arguments for God’s existence?
The Problem of Evil
Scientific explanations for the universe

Matters of Life and Death

Is there an afterlife?
Abortion
Euthanasia
Wealth and Poverty

Marriage and the family

How have attitudes to marriage ad family changed?
Christian views of sex outside marriage
Christian attitudes to homosexuality
Christian attitudes to divorce
Christian attitudes to contraception
The influence of the Church on family life

Community Cohesion

Change attitudes to the roles of men and women
Christian attitudes to women
The idea of a multi-faith society
The idea of a multi-cultural society
How Christians have helped asylum seeker
The Christian attitude to other world religions

KS5

A level: Philosophy of Religion

A level is a popular subject at QEGS. Usually up to 30 students opt to study with us. We follow the Edexcel course in Philosophy of Religion.

AS level

Module One: Foundations

The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

The Design Argument for the Existence of God

The Problem of Evil

Miracles

Religion and Morality

Situation Ethics

Utilitarianism

Just War and Pacifism

Sexual Ethics



Module Two: Investigations

In the second module we examine in detail one particular topic in the field of philosophy. In recent years we have looked at religious experiences, abortion as well as the relationship between science and religion. At present we examine what philosophers argue regarding the relationship between the mind and the body.

A2 level

In the second year students study further topics in the field, as outlined below:

 

Module Three

Ontological Argument

Scepticism

Religious Experience

Life after Death

Religious Language

Deontology

Natural Law

Meta-ethics

Module Four: Implications (Selected Philosophy texts)

Here the students undertake a detailed examination of the selected texts 

 

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