CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to make sure that students have the opportunities that they need to be successful. Our aim is that young people will achieve their potential to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.

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Religious Studies

In the Art Department pupils at all Key Stages are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively through the language of Art and Design. By looking at the world around them through the eyes of the artist, pupils are encouraged to explore and understand their environment visually as the artist Paul Klee states:

“Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.”

To this end, pupils build upon their artistic experiences and further develop their skills through experimentation with a range of different media, materials and techniques.

Through research an appreciation of artists, designers and crafts makers within our own and other cultures is gained, fostering a wider interest in the subject.

Art and Design at GCSE and A’Level, allows for further development of the skills and understanding gained at Key Stage 3 as well as offering a range of opportunities for Higher Level Education and Employment within the vibrant creative industries in Northern Ireland and further afield.

Subject:

Religious Education

Levels Taught:

KS3
GCSE/KS4
Post 16

Staff:

Mrs P Roulston – (HOD)
Mrs L McFarlane

KS3:
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The curriculum for Religious Education is defined by the Department of Education and the four main Christian Churches in Northern Ireland in the Core Syllabus. It also has a role to play within the context of the revised curriculum through presenting young people with chances to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual and ethical awareness.

Year 8

  • I am Unique
  • The Bible
  • Abraham
  • Moses
  • Substance Abuse

Year 9

  • Life in the Time of Jesus
  • Judaism
  • Jesus’ Relationship with others
  • Jesus’ Miracles
  • Jesus’ Teachings
  • Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Year 10

  • Pentecost and the Holy Spirit
  • The Early Church
  • Islam
  • Who am I and what I do

GCSE/KS4:
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CCEA FULL COURSE GCSE

Year 11

Unit 6: An Introduction to Christian Ethics

This unit introduces students to ethics in the study of religion. Students explore personal and family issues, matters of life and death, developments in bioethics, contemporary issues in Christianity and modern warfare.

Year 12

Unit 5: Christianity through a Study of the Gospel of Mark

This unit introduces students to five themes in the life and ministry of Jesus, as portrayed in Mark’s Gospel. Students enhance their knowledge and understanding of, and ability to evaluate, key passages. They should consider these passages both within the religious, political, social and cultural context of Jesus’ time, and in terms of how they influence contemporary Christian lifestyle in all its diversity.

OCN NI Level 2 Award/Certificate in Religious Studies

The OCN NI Level 2 Award and Certificate in Religious Studies are designed for learners who wish to develop knowledge and understanding in religious studies in order to recognise religious choices people make based around faith practices within different religions in today’s society. It is intended that learners will develop empathy, respect and awareness of other religious beliefs and cultural diversity as they are applied in everyday life situations.  These qualifications provide learners from different religions with opportunities to examine their own faith practices and those of others in the context of the units provided.  By continuous assessment through building a portfolio, learners will be more motivated and engaged to successfully complete the qualification.  Units to be studied include: Addiction, Charity and Religious Charities, Exploring Personal Identity and Faith, Exploring Religious Traditions within Own Community,  Life and Death Issues, Life of a Famous Person of Faith, Marriage and Divorce, Prejudice and Reconciliation and World Faith.

Post 16:
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CCEA A-LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Year 13

Textual Studies

AS 1: An Introduction to the Gospel of Luke

Systematic Study of One Religion

AS 4: The Origins and Development of the Early Christian Church to AD 325

Year 14

Textual Studies

A2 1: Themes in the Synoptic Gospels

Systematic Study of One Religion

A2 4: Themes in the Early Church and the Church Today

Post 16:
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