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Key Stage 3
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Welcome to the RE Department

 

All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of Religious Education. The Department is made up by five full-time specialist teachers who are fully committed to both RE and the Catholic Life of the school:

  • Mrs C Cotterill - Subject Leader
  • Mr P Farley - Teacher in charge of Post-16 General RE
  • Mr B McArdle - Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of Religious Education
  • Mr T Mohan - Teacher of Religious Education
  • Miss. E Wildsmith - RE Department

 


RE at Key Stage 3

Pupils receive three seventy-five minute lessons per fortnight. Topics covered include:

 

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Belonging and Identity Creation  God's Call 
Jesus the Messiah Covenant The Gospels
Worship Church in Britain Spiritual Quest
Sacraments Paschal Mystery Holy Spirit
Pilgrim Church Islam Morality and Conscience
- Sikhism -

 

In line with whole-school policy, pupils will be set one piece of homework per week, or equivalent. Homework tasks may include a number of activities, including research, preparing presentations, revision and written work.

 


GCSE RE

All pupils follow OCR's GCSE in Religious Studies: A (World Religions) course.

The qualification comprises of four units, which are all assessed entirely by examination at the end of Year 11:

  1. Ethics
  2. Luke's Gospel
  3. Perspectives on World Religions
  4. Catholic Christianity

Revision material for each of the units can be found on Haggle; additional revision is provided by the Department in the terms preceeding the exams. Further information, available directly from OCR, may be found by clicking here.

The curriculum fulfils the requirements of the 2012 Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools & Colleges in England & Wales, published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England.

 


 

 RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO THINK BEYOND THE OBVIOUS AND GAIN INSIGHT INTO SOME OF THE MOST FASCINATING QUESTIONS EVER ASKED!

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

Religious Studies, at A-level, is all about exploring scholarly and philosophical debates surrounding the Philosophy of Religion, the New Testament and the Christian faith. In AS Philosophy of Religion, students study the attempts that have been made to prove the existence of God and to reconcile His existence with the existence of evil and suffering. An in-depth study of the Fourth Gospel is undertaken in which students question its relevance and significance for the reader. An investigation into the New Testament’s perspective on life after death is conducted.

 

HOW YOU STUDY

The course is made up of four units; two are undertaken in each year. In Y12, one of these units lays the foundations of the Philosophy of Religion and the Fourth Gospel and is assessed by examination in which you answer questions on both areas of study. The second unit is an in-depth investigation into life after death, in which you write a single essay, presenting your findings. In Y13, one unit continues your study of the Fourth Gospel and introduces you to developments & expansions within Christianity. The final unit offers an opportunity for students to present a critical appraisal of a scholarly text, pertaining to the NT.

Religious Studies demands hard work and is regarded as an academic discipline. An active and enquiring mind is important as well as the willingness to debate and discuss controversial issues that arise. Essays and on-line discussions will be set on a regular basis

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DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES

Excellent pass rate at A-level. The RE Department has a highly qualified team of specialists with a proven track record of preparing students for public examination.

 

PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY

Theology is highly regarded by universities as an academic subject, encompassing many fields, including Philosophy, Ethics, Old Testament/New Testament Studies, World Religions, Church History and Liberation Theology. The critical skills acquired during A-level Religious Studies provide an excellent foundation for entry into Social work, Journalism and Business/Managerial courses.

 

OUR SUCCESSES

Theology and/or Philosophy have been the chosen degree subject(s) of several students in recent years, at Cardiff, Leeds Trinity, Bishop Grosseteste, York St John and Newman.

In recent years, a number of our past students have become Youth Leaders in Catholic Youth Renewal Centres.

 

COMBINES WELL WITH

History, English, Theatre Studies, Psychology and Law.

 

GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of grade C in GCSE Religious Studies is essential.


GENERAL RE

 

 

ALL SIXTH FORM STUDENTS UNDERTAKE A COURSE OF GENERAL RE, WHICH IS DELIVERED ONCE A WEEK BY THE RE DEPARTMENT.

 

In Year 12, students undertake Edexcel's Level 3 Extended Project; an AS-level qualification, which enables students to explore an aspect of religion which interests them. Students undertake one of four modules:

  1. Dissertation
  2. Investigation
  3. Performance
  4. Artefact

This independent-study course is entirely portfolio-based, and assess students' ability to plan, research, undertake & evaluate a long-term project. The course is excellent preparation for both higher education and the world of work. UCAS points are awarded, in line with other AS qualifications.

Further information, available directly from Edexcel, may be found by clicking here.

In Year 13, students undertake an in-house couse of General RE exploring Ethics and Sex & Relationships Education.

All Sixth Form students undertake a course of General RE, which is delivered once a week by the RE Department.

 

 


LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

 

THE DEPARTMENT OFFERS MANY EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPOTUNITIES, CONTRIBUTING TO THE CATHOLIC LIFE OF THE SCHOOL. OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

KS3:

  • Y7 retreat to Alton Castle
  • Y7 pilgrimage to Harvington Hall
  • Y8 Good Shepherd Mass, Worcester
  • Y8/9 retreat to The Briars

KS4:

  • Pilgrimage to Rome
  • Pilgrimage to Krakow
  • Y11 Vocations Day at Harvington Hall

KS5:

  • Pilgrimage to Lourdes
  • Y12/13 retreat to Soli House
  • A-level RE lectures
  • SVP Conference

 

 

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