Religious Studies is a thought-provoking and engaging subject which is studied by all our pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. With Kingswood School being of a Methodist foundation within the Christian tradition, the Religious Studies department has an exciting opportunity to give its young people the chance to explore and respond to the rich diversity that the spiritual and religious life entails. The Religious Studies department will never impose or inculcate any particular view; rather, at all times, we seek to elicit a spirit of respect, open-mindedness and enquiry from all of our students, as we aspire to remain a thought-provoking and engaging subject that everyone can enjoy.
In Year 7 students explore a variety of topics that include The Phenomenon of Religion, which investigates the nature of religion and its origins, purpose and role in society Ethics and Morality, where students engage in a critical and reflective study of approaches to moral decision making and The Philosophy of Religion, exploring fundamental questions and theories surrounding the existence and non-existence of God, evil and suffering, and theodicy.
In Year 8 students will progress to study a variety of Eastern faith traditions, including Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, exploring the historical tradition, fundamental beliefs and practice, and social dimensions of each one, in detail.
Students currently commence the Edexcel IGCSE Religious Studies course in Year 9 which covers a variety of religious, philosophical and ethical topics including:
Islamic Studies: Origins, the Nature of Worship and Rules for Living;
The Universe, Human Beings and their Destiny;
Ultimate reality and the meaning and purpose of life;
Rights, Equality and Responsibilities.
If students wish to study the subject beyond the IGCSE years, then they may opt into the Advanced Level course in Religious Studies. Accredited by OCR, the course comprises three elements: Philosophy, Ethics and the Development of Buddhist thought. Herein, students cover a multiplicity of topics that include:
Ancient Philosophy – Plato and Aristotle: What is real? What does it mean to know?
Soul, Mind and Body: Are we more than matter? What is meant by consciousness?
Challenges to Religious Belief: Does evil and suffering challenge belief in a loving God?
Meta-Ethics: Can ethical language be meaningful? Should intuition guide morality?
Free-will and Determinism: What influences our moral choices? Are we predestined?
Religious Ethics: Does morality come from God? To what extent is morality religious?
Sources of Wisdom and Authority: Investigating the background of Buddhist leaders;
Beliefs, Values and Teachings: An examination of Buddhism's fundamental beliefs;
Contemporary Issues: A Buddhist response to social issues and cultural pressures.
Religious Studies, across all key stages, is delivered by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The department appreciates the vital role that religious belief and spirituality plays in a pluralistic and multi-faith world; we invite our students to be part of this realisation and negotiate an informed path that is defined by integrity, reason and a lasting respect for all people, at all times, and in all places.
Religious Education is delivered by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The department appreciates the vital role that religious belief and spirituality plays in a pluralistic and multi-faith world; we invite our students to be part of this realisation and negotiate an informed path that is defined by integrity, reason and a lasting respect for all people, at all times, and in all places.
You can view the details of our A Level course in the Sixth Form Academic Programme 2018-2020.
You can view details of our GCSE course in the Kingswood GCSE courses 2016-2017 curriculum booklet.