Religious Studies at Spalding High School
Are you interested in questions of right and wrong and how such matters might be decided?
Do absolute moral laws exist or is morality relative to the particular situation you are in?
Are you interested in moral issues such as abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, sexual ethics, war and peace, etc? N.B. issues will be selected when specifications are finalised and the examination board is chosen.
Are human beings truly free or is free will an illusion?
Would you enjoy examining arguments for God’s existence such as the first cause argument, the Christian design argument and the argument from religious experience?
Are miracles good evidence for God?
To what extent does the problem of evil pose a challenge to God’s existence and does science destroy the belief in a designer God?
Should a Christian ever use violence to overcome injustice in the world?
What does The Bible say about the person of Christ?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions then religious studies could be for you.
A third of the course now requires a traditional study of one religion. The religion chosen is Christianity.
NOTE: No commitment to any of the Christian churches or any other faiths is presupposed or required. The syllabus is open to candidates of any religious persuasion or none.
The course considers responses to some of the most important and perplexing questions facing people in contemporary society. Hopefully students will also be prepared to share their ideas about these issues with the rest of the group. They should be willing to approach the study of the issues in an open and positive way. It is also beneficial to engage in wider reading and to enjoy formulating arguments and extended writing.
The study of religious, philosophical and ethical issues can illuminate and complement many other subjects, whether in the arts, the humanities or the sciences. The evaluation and analytical skills used are transferable and highly valued at degree level.
A variety of teaching methods are used at key stage 5 including-: PowerPoint presentations, the use of the media, group work/class discussion, student presentations etc. Students will also be provided with comprehensive notes.
To achieve at least 6 grades, A* to C, at GCSE, including English language and mathematics.
Students are required to have a reference/report which clearly shows that they are suitable to undertake academic studies at A Level standard.
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Students will sit three examination papers, each of an equal weighting. This will include a Philosophy of Religion paper, a Religious Ethics paper and a Christianity paper. There are three papers in these areas for both AS Level and A Level. There is no coursework.
The religious studies course equips students with many transferable skills, applicable to a wide range of careers. For example, the course develops critical thinking skills and the ability to analyse the effectiveness of arguments. It also encourages students to articulate their own points of view and engage in lively debates with others. Students learn to appreciate the viewpoints of others and gain an understanding of how religion still has an impact on modern society.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Spalding High School directly.