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Philosophy and Ethics

Whether a student has faith or not it is ever more important that they all have an understanding of the beliefs and customs of those around them. Our aim at Coombeshead is to introduce the students to the core beliefs and practices of the major religions around the world, to help them gain an understanding of these religions and to ask questions of their beliefs and practices.

At Coombeshead, we believe that the study of different beliefs allows the student to develop a greater understanding of the society in which they live and an awareness of the differences, and more often than not, the similarities between the different faiths and their followers.

Religious Studies is taught to all students from Year 7 to Year 11 and the course allows the students to be taught by a broad range of teachers from different perspectives and backgrounds.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

During years 7 & 8 students look in detail into the practices and history of the major world religions, including; Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism. The different beliefs are studied in detail through a combination of research, taught lessons and project work. From next year we will also be including a unit on the influence of religion on popular culture/society, for example, the use of Faith in Film.

Years 9, 10 & 11)

From Year 9 the students begin to study for the full-course GCSE. The course is divided into two units of study which focus on Christianity, Islam and Hinduism and provide the students the opportunity to get to grips with current issues such as extremism, racism and euthanasia.

Unit 1 - Religion and Life: Believing in God, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and the Family, and Community Cohesion.

Unit 2 - Religion and Society: Rights and Responsibilities, Environment and Medicine, Peace and Conflict, and Crime and Punishment.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

Currently we do not offer an A-Level in Religious Studies, but with the development of the department and the increasing enthusiasm of current students for the subject, we are hoping to have the course up and running for September 2015.

Curriculum Team Leader: Mrs Manning.