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Religious Studies

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The Religious Studies Department is committed to promoting respect, tolerance and a sense of value and equality in the young people at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre.

Religious Studies develops students’ knowledge and understanding of, and their ability to respond to, Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. By exploring issues within and across faiths, students learn to understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), and their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures.

RS encourages students to consider questions of meaning and purpose in life. Students learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed judgements on religious, moral and social issues. Students develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for life as citizens in a plural society. Through the use of distinctive language, listening and empathy, RS develops students’ skills of enquiry and response.

RS encourages students to reflect on, analyse and evaluate their beliefs, values and practices and communicate their responses. RS does not seek to urge religious beliefs on students nor compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another. Students learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

The RS department chose to study EDUQAS specifications at GCSE and A Level due to their content, accessibility and relevance:

Content: Engaging topic areas focusing on philosophical and ethical issues within the modern world.


Accessibility: Opportunity for students of all abilities to achieve.

Relevance: Relevance of topic areas to students, the community and the wider world. Exam question style encourages development of a range of key skills applicable across the curriculum and for future learning and employment.

Key Stage 3

How does religious faith impact upon behaviour, attitudes and practice? What does it mean to be a religious believer in contemporary British society? These key questions are explored throughout Key Stage 3 with reference to all 6 of the major world religions.

Through exploration and investigation of the beliefs, values and practices of the major world religions and some alternative belief systems, the specific skills we seek to develop include:

  1. The ability to empathise with the beliefs and lifestyles of others.
  2. Consider a range of source materials as a means of formulating balanced opinions.
  3. The ability to discuss a range of speculative issues.
  4. Improve research skills and encourage students to learn independently.

Key Stage 4

All students study Full Course GCSE RS and the department start delivery of the course in Year 9.

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies:

Following this specification will enable learners to:

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies takes a distinctive issues based approach to the study of religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world. The course will also enable learners to gain knowledge and understanding of two religions: Christianity and Hinduism.

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies provides opportunities for learners to understand more about the world, the religious challenges it faces and their place within it. Following this GCSE course will deepen understanding of religions and their effect on society. It will develop learners' competence in a wide range of skills and approaches and enable young people to become religiously informed and thoughtful, engaged citizens.

Key Stage 5

The WJEC Eduqas A level in Religious Studies encourages learners to:

A level Religious Studies is designed to enable learners to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a study of religion and its place in the wider world. The WJEC Eduqas A Level specification contains three components which include a wide range of topics for consideration, including an in-depth and broad study of one of the six major world religions, philosophy of religion, religion and ethics.

Three components are studied. Each component has been designed to allow learners to acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding/awareness of:

Component 1: A Study of Religion

This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of their chosen religion covering themes ranging from religious figures and sacred texts to practices that shape religious identity.

This component includes the study of the following content:

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to the use of religious language.

This component includes the study of the following content:

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental ethical themes, ranging from ethical language and thought to freewill and determinism.

This component includes the study of the following content:

Extra Curricular

The department is investigating opportunities to increase students’ opportunity to meet people of faith and visit places of faith throughout Key Stage 3.

During Key Stage 4 to compliment and enrich their learning in preparation for their GCSE examinations the department organise an overnight trip to London. The trip enriches students’ understanding of topics within the syllabus of injustice, religious expression and the importance of religious buildings for community cohesion.

The department is very proud to offer a Key Stage 5 trip to Auschwitz and Krakow.