The Religious Studies Department aims to encourage the development of the whole person by making Christ a reality in school life and also by:
- Fostering individual care and concern for all members of the community.
- Encouraging the pursuit of of excellence through a broad-based curriculum.
- Offering opportunities for service and responsibility.
- Developing links between school, home, parish and the community.
- Providing opportunities to experience God in prayer and worship.
The department aims to deliver these goals by providing the highest standards of teaching at all key stages to ensure that students achieve the best possible external examination results. At the same time we place great emphasis on:
- Encouraging an awareness by the pupils of the place of religion in society.
- Developing a caring attitude in the pupils to their local, national and international community with a sense of social justice.
- Contributing to a community of faith, guidance and care.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the Archdiocesan study programme ‘People of God’. This includes topics that allow students to explore and debate Catholic life and values
including ‘Who is God?’ and ‘Who is Jesus?’.
During year 7 pupils are also given an opportunity to learn about the life of Blessed Edmund Rice and the global work of the Christian Brothers in the world today.
The current GCSE specification in Religious Studies is the OCR GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics. This course includes four units, each of which is assessed by a one-hour written examination.
- Module One - deity, religious and spiritual experience, end of life.
- Module Two – good and evil, revelation, science
- Module Three – relationships, medical ethics, poverty and wealth
- Module Four – peace and justice, equality and media
For more information on the course visit www.ocr.org.uk.
AS/A2 Level - Religious Ethics
An introduction to ethical theory and an exploration of key thinkers including Kant, Mill, Bentham, Aquinas. Topics include absolute and relative ethics, utilitarianism, conscience, free will and determinism and situation ethics. At A2 there is also an introduction to meta-ethics and ethical language. The theories are applied to medical ethics, social ethics and business ethics.
AS/A2 Level - Developments in Christian Theology
An introduction to Christian theology and an exploration of key thinkers including Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Luther and James Cone. The initial focus is on the concepts of knowledge of God, creation, sin, the person of Jesus and biblical interpretation. The second half of the course explores the South American theology of liberation. Students consider the relationship between theology and political Marxism, the use of the bible and the idea of theology from experience. There is also a study of social justice and the Roman Catholic church and its response to theologies of liberation. At A2 students focus on feminist theology - the role of women in contemporary church and society
Sixth Form General Religious Studies
All students in the sixth form have two lessons a week of general Religious Studies which takes the form of outreach work in the local community.
Beyond the classroom
Each year group has a day retreat and students are also actively encouraged to participate in Archdiocesan and Edmund Rice activities and events including the Edmund Rice International movement, the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust and the Liverpool Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage. The department also organises a bi-annual visit to Rome and is at the forefront of the school’s work with the Sisters of Charity, Asylum Link Merseyside and other local charities.