In Religious Studies students learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, but also to respect others, and to understand their own and others rights and responsibilities.
As communities are becoming more diverse there is greater need for more tolerance in society. Religious Studies plays a key role in creating understanding between faiths, communities and individuals.
The subject develops pupils understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and practices and allows them to engage with questions about the meaning and purpose of life, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
Religious Studies plays an important role in preparing pupils for adult life and employment as it enables them to develop respect and sensitivity towards others.
The subject encourages critical thinking and collaboration and creates opportunities for young people to open a dialogue about current affairs and relevant issues. Students develop their ability to construct well – argued, well – informed and structured written arguments in which they can formulate their own views and opinions about different aspects of belief.
At GCSE students study Edexcel Religious Studies Spec B, 1B Christianity Religion and Ethics and 2C Islam Religion Peace and Conflict. The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is designed to give students an insight into different faiths and build on the skills needed at GCSE.