Religious Studies

Key Stage Three: students will deepen their understanding of the major world religions through the study of important beliefs, concepts and issues of moral authority. They apply their understanding of religious and philosophical beliefs, teachings and practices to a range of topics covered within the Religious Studies Curriculum.

Across the two year Key Stage Three Religious Studies syllabus at BMA we investigate the beliefs, traditions and celebrations of the six major world faiths.

There is one fifty minute period of Religious Studies per week.

Terms 1 and 2, 2019 – 2020: The Problem of Evil and Suffering Students will consider the different types of suffering and evil in the world and how it is a problem for religious believers. Students will consider Christian, Muslim and Buddhist explanations for the origin of suffering and ways of dealing with suffering in the world.

Terms 3 and 4, 2019 – 2020: Sikhism – How is Sikhism leading the way with Equality?

Students explore what Sikhs mean by Waheguru, the importance of the 5 Ks, how and why Sikhs work for Equality and the importance of Guru Nanak.

Terms 5 and 6,  2019 – 2020 Life after Death – How life can prepares us for death?

Students examine what do religious believers mean by rituals, to explore different beliefs about the afterlife  and to explain why people have different funeral rituals

Key Stage Four: Students can opt to study a full course GCSE qualification in Religious Studies. The course followed is AQA Specification A. The students will sit two examination papers; each paper is worth 50% of the final mark.