Head of Department
Miss R Bubb
The Religious Studies department prides itself in providing a lively and exciting programme of study, intended to help students to understand more about Christianity, the major world religions and morality in the modern world. Our students come from a range of religious and moral backgrounds: our aim is not to turn them into religious believers but to instil a deepening understanding and appreciation of the beliefs of those with different cultural, spiritual and religious ways of life. As well as tackling the big questions, such as “Does God exist?” “What happens when we die?” “Do we have a soul?” we consider how people make important moral decisions in their lives.
Key Stage 3: Years 7-9
The religious studies programme taught in Years 7, 8 and 9 is based on the Warwickshire agreed syllabus. The emphasis is on both learning about religions and from religions. The intention is to begin to address the important philosophical and ethical questions in life as answered through the main world religions and particularly Christianity. Students are encouraged to participate in lessons with a range of ethical and religious games and thought provoking discussions. Project work is central in homework, allowing students to extend and develop their personal knowledge and understanding. Students will also visit a range of places of worship including Coventry cathedral, a Sikh Temple and local places of worship.
Key Stage 4: GCSE
The GCSE studied is the OCR board Philosophy and Ethics of religious studies. This course enables pupils to consider moral and ultimate questions in the context of religious beliefs and practices. They can discuss and evaluate how religion has addressed and answered difficult social and moral dilemmas including: life after death, good and evil,issues around medical ethics, war and peace and equality. The course is highly valued by both the world of work and universities because of its application and relevance to life situations. The skills learned and areas studied are of importance to those intending to follow careers in medicine, education, law, social work and business
Key Stage 5: A Level
Students follow an exciting and stimulating course in Philosophy and Ethics, which enables them to consider and appreciate the ideas of some of the world’s great thinkers. The AS and A level consist of philosophy and ethics questions. The students are involved in some independent learning for their extended project work. They will also analyse and study philosophical articles by three scholars.
The course includes the thoughts of the Greek Philosophers, Plato and Aristotle; and philosophical arguments for and against God’s existence. The students consider the problem of evil, the concept of God, free will and God’s activity in the world. The ethics unit explores ethical theory and issues such as those found in medical ethics.
Students will attend an A level revision session in London reviewing and investigating the key areas of their course.
Many students are members of the Amnesty International group which is run by the Head of RS. They are involved in campaigns promoting and defending human rights around the world. This offers girls leadership opportunities and raises their awareness of ethical issues.