Religious Studies teaches about the main beliefs and practices of the different world religions and examines philosophical and ethical responses to issues. At Townley Grammar, by studying Religious Studies, individuals develop the ability to see another point of view and to understand what it means to be a member of a faith community. Students learn how a religious belief works and are able to identify the moral values which guide the lives of religious people. Religious Studies can help individuals to sort out their own ideas, values and commitments.
Students in Years 7 and 8 have three lessons a fortnight. In Year 9, students have two lessons and in the summer term begin their GCSE course. In Years 10 and 11 Religious Studies is part of the ‘core’ and all pupils take full course Religious Studies GCSE on two lessons a week and follow the Eduqas Syllabus. Religious Studies is one of the options for Advanced Level Studies in the Sixth Form and has two or three groups per year.
Daily Collective Worship is a statutory requirement and takes place in the context of an assembly. Each week there is a whole school ‘theme’ which is addressed in the assembly.
Students may withdraw from both Religious Studies and collective worship at their parents’ request. They are asked to put this request in writing to the Head Teacher. Further details about Religious Studies and Collective worship can be obtained from the Head Teacher.
The Head of Religious Studies leads a team of four Religious Studies staff. The department has four classrooms and a large number of religious artefacts to support learning.
In Years 7 and 8 students have three lessons a week.
Bridging unit - A seven-week scheme of learning which introduces students to Religious Studies at Townley Grammar. Students take a brief look at the key beliefs within the six main world religions that students will study in further depth later in Key Stage 3.
Sikhism unit – Students learn about the key beliefs, teachings and practices within Sikhism.
Christianity unit –A detailed scheme of learning which focuses on the key beliefs, teachings and practices within Christianity.
Hinduism unit - Students learn about the key beliefs, teachings and practices within Hinduism.
Judaism unit - A detailed scheme of learning which focuses on the key beliefs, teachings and practices within Judaism.
Islam Unit- A detailed scheme of learning which focuses on the key beliefs, teachings and practices within Islam.
Philosophy of Religion unit – A scheme of learning which introduces students to key arguments within Philosophy of Religion. Students focus on the Design Argument, The Cosmological Argument and The Problem of Evil and Suffering.
Rites of passage – students learn about different rites of passage and present their own devised rite.
Human rights- students explore key human rights with particular focus on children’s rights
In Year 9 students have two lessons a week.
Buddhism unit - A detailed scheme of learning which focuses on the key beliefs, teachings and practices within Buddhism.
Philosophical Thinking - An Introduction to Philosophical Thinking which asks students to consider ‘what is real’.
Students begin their GCSE studies. With the Human Rights unit
Key Stage 4 - GCSE RS
Religious Studies is the academic field of the study of religious beliefs, behaviours, and institutions. It describes, compares, interprets, and explains religion. Religious Studies tries to study religious behaviour and belief from outside any particular religious viewpoint.
Religious Studies is one of the core subjects at Townley Grammar and all pupils take the full course GCSE. Eduqas Syllabus A.
Key topics are relationships, Life and death, good and evil and human rights
Typical questions include;
Do we have a responsibility to help those in need? Can killing someone ever be the right thing to do?
Does religion cause more problems than it solves? Is IVF treatment ethical?
In each topic the ideas and moral issues will be studied through; class discussions, role-plays, videos, debates and group work.
Advantages of Studying Religious Studies
Key Stage 5 - A Level Philosophy and Ethics
Philosophy and Ethics is an academic subject that is well respected by universities and an excellent grounding for any Arts or Social Science based degree course. It will enable you to develop the kind of skills which will enhance your study of other subjects. The ability to articulate idea and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses is one that is transferable and highly applicable to any career which involves communication, including Law, Public Relations, Education, Advertising and Marketing, therapy, journalism, retailing, social work, nursing, radio and TV, acting, teaching.
Studying Philosophy and Ethics helps students to develop analytical and evaluative skills. It particularly complements Humanities subjects, English and students intending to study medicine, as students learn about the ethics of medical issues.
Students will develop their analytical skills and be able to research different topics to provide reasoned explanations and the ability to expand on different points of view. Writing skills will be improved by the practice of the different teaching and learning activities.
Students study three papers:
PAPER 1: Philosophy of Religion
In this module you must be prepared to ‘think for yourself’ and be willing to consider and evaluate logically the arguments of philosophers.
A number of topics are studied, such as:
PAPER 2: Ethics
PAPER 3: Developments in religious thought Christianity
Related Courses and Careers:
The A Level course provides a very good introduction regarding preparing students moving onto any social sciences or arts degree-based course. The ability to provide a reasoned well written argument is a valuable skill to have when moving onto university courses.
You might be thinking... what can you do with a Philosophy and Ethics qualification? There are many industries whereby a Philosophy and Ethics qualification will be seen as a valuable qualification such as:
Revision classes are offered to all Key Stage 4 and 5 students in the spring and summer term.
Relevant lectures and open day opportunities are advertised to students