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Religious Studies

The RS Department seeks to provide a caring and positive atmosphere, in which pupils can explore, develop and evaluate their own beliefs and those of others. Through exploration of an array of theological, ethical and philosophical issues, we cater for the broad interests and beliefs of all students. Our hope is for pupils to consider some of the ultimate questions in life with an increasing level of maturity, and to enrich their understanding of their place within the universe and the scope of human existence.

Key Stage 3

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 pupils to learn independently.

Key Stage 4

Entering all pupils for Full Course GCSE RS has been extremely successful at Wyedean with 100% of pupils gaining a GCSE grade in 2011. Pupils follow the WJEC syllabus which involves a thematic study of some central questions and issues in human life and experience and explores the relevance of religious beliefs, practices, values and traditions to these questions and issues.

Key Stage 5

Entering all pupils for Full Course GCSE RS has been extremely successful at Wyedean with 100% of pupils gaining a GCSE grade in 2011. Pupils follow the WJEC syllabus which involves a thematic study of some central questions and issues in human life and experience and explores the relevance of religious beliefs, practices, values and traditions to these questions and issues.

Extra Curricular

RS is an academic and rigorous option choice at A Level. The course units chosen for Religious Studies develop an understanding of moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues.

Students are encouraged to develop their own skills of:

  1. Reasoned argument concerning values, attitudes and actions.
  2. Responsible judgments on moral teachings and issues.
  3. Independent learning.

As well as giving an opportunity to:

  1. Study relationships between religion and culture.
  2. Consider moral values and attitudes of individuals, faith communities and contemporary society.