The Religious Studies Department delivers RS to all pupils at KS3 and most at KS4 as a core curriculum subject. At KS5 pupils may opt for AQA RS at AS/A2. The department also contributes to study of religion within General Studies at AS/A2.
Key Stage 3
Pupils are taught in banded ability groups at KS3. Year 7 and Year 8 have 1 x 50 min lesson per week.
In Year 7 pupils follow a scheme of work that meets with the guidelines of the locally agreed syllabus for Rotherham. The topics covered are:
Topic 1: Introduction to the 6 main world religions
Topic 2: Judaism
Topic 3: The life of a Christian
Topic 4: The life of Jesus
Topic 5: Sikhism
Topic 6: Islam and Hinduism
In Year 8 pupils follow a scheme of work that meets with the guidelines of the locally agreed syllabus for Rotherham, and prepares pupils for the topics covered in KS4. The topics covered are:
Topic 1: Life after death
Topic 2: Why am I here?
Topic 3: Relationships
Topic 4: What inspires me?
Topic 5: Why do we suffer?
Topic 6: Religion and ethics
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students follow the EDUQAS Religious Studies Route A. Pupils are taught in banded ability groups in Y9, Y10 and Y11. There will be three exams, one worth 50% and two worth 25% each of the full GCSE.
In Year 9 students have two 50 minute lessons per week. In Year 10 and Year 11 students in have a single 50 minute lesson per week.
There are three units:
Unit 1: Religious, Philosophy and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (2 hour written examination - 50% of GCSE)
Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death
Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil
Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights
Unit 2: Study of Christianity (1 hour written examination - 25% of GCSE)
Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity.
Unit 3: Study of a World Faith (1 hour written examination - 25% of GCSE)
Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of one other selected world religion (Hinduism).
Students follow the Eduqas A level Religious Studies. Y12 and Y13 pupils are taught separately as mixed ability groups and with six 50 minute lessons per week.
The specification offers an academic approach to the study of religion and is accessible to students of any religious persuasion or none. It is designed to develop students interest in, and enthusiasm for a study of religion and its relation to the wider world. It also encourages students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion whilst also reflecting on their own values, opinions and attitudes.
The units are:
Component 1: A Study of Religion (2 hour written examination - 33.3% of A level)
Option B: Islam
There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.
Component 2: Philosophy of Religion (2 hour written examination - 33.3% of A level)
There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.
Component 3: Religion and Ethics (2 hour written examination - 33.3% of A level)
There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism; free will. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.
You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Theology or Religious Studies at Higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues such as a Social Worker, Priest, Counsellor or Teacher. Religious Studies is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.
The Faculty of SMC is housed on the ground floor of the main school building. Each classroom contains an interactive whiteboard. Three of the classrooms are dedicated ICT suites and in addition to that the Faculty has its own set of laptop computers.