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Religious Studies

This course offers pupils a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints.

Religious Studies is a rigorous and demanding academic discipline in its own right. It engenders critical thinking skills in the search for truths in uncertain fields. It encourages philosophical thought, decision-making skills, collaboration and independent working skills and the search for compromise and conflict resolutions that work. It creates opportunities for young people to develop their skills of dialogue, interpretation and analysis in a coherent context. All these are vital skills in a modern workforce where communication, collaboration and cooperation are core skills.

Religious Studies has a multidisciplinary nature, involving textual study, philosophical thinking, ethics, social understanding and the skills of analysis and reasoning developing core skills of literacy.

Religious Studies makes a key and unique contribution to understanding British heritage, plurality, values and futures. It provides an excellent opportunity for young people to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness.

In Religious Studies, pupils learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others’ rights and responsibilities. At a time when communities are becoming more diverse, there is an even greater need for a more religiously literate and tolerant society. Religious Studies plays a key role in creating social cohesion and generating genuine understanding between communities reducing friction, intolerance and social unrest.

GCSE and A level growth in the last 10 years, fuelled by pupil interest, makes Religious Studies the most popular Humanities subject, and one of the most popular choices outside the core, in 16+ exams presently.