At KS3 we start year 7 with a broad look at all six world religions and examine such things as beliefs, culture, art, worship and architecture, before looking at the debate between science and religion.
In Year 8 we look at commitment by looking at the lives of celebrated religious figure. We then look at then sacred scriptures of different religions, and the diversity of beliefs and culture in the UK. We then introduce philosophy of religion by looking at the Teleological argument for the existence of God, finishing off with a look at beliefs about life after death.
All students follow a programme of Ethics for one hour per week, covering many current moral issues – in recent years we have studies such topics as the death penalty, abortion and contraception, human trafficking and war.
Students can opt to study Religious Studies at GCSE and we currently offer the AQA Specification A, which is assessed exclusively by final examinations. Students spend three hours per week studying the following topics:
AQA Specification A-
Religious beliefs and practise
Pupils must study two of the world’s main religions in depth knowing their beliefs and practises for the exam.
Over the course of three years pupils will study the beliefs and practises of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
For the second exam paper pupils must be able to link religion to the outside world. The themes pupils will answer their exam on are:
The Existence of God and Revelation
Relationships and Families
Religion and Life
Religion, Crime and Punishment
KS5- A Level
We offer OCR- Religious Studies (H173, H573)
This course runs wholly at Headlands school
The course runs over the 2 years, it has 3 exams for the 3 topics.
Developments in Christian Thought:
Nature of God
Person of Christ
Ideas on the afterlife
Christian moral development
Augustine on human nature
Philosophy of Religion:
Soul, Mind and Body
Problem of Evil
Religion and Ethics:
Application of Ethics
For further information about any of our courses please contact Miss Peck (Head of Religious Studies).