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.
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.
Life of Muhammad
Five Pillars of Islam
Main events in the life of Jesus
Life of Buddha
Four Noble Truths
Eightfold Noble Path
Hindu Gods and Goddesses
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
Environmental and Medical Ethics
Threats to the Environment
Christian and Islamic Attitudes
Crime And Punishment
Law and Justice
Theories of 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
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?
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
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
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.
Module One: Foundations
The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God
The Design Argument for the Existence of God
The Problem of Evil
Religion and Morality
Just War and Pacifism
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.
In the second year students study further topics in the field, as outlined below:
Life after Death
Module Four: Implications (Selected Philosophy texts)
Here the students undertake a detailed examination of the selected texts