At KS3 students study Religious Studies as part of their Personal Development curriculum. Following the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, with a focus on Christianity and Islam as these are the two religions studied if chosen as a GCSE. Students are encouraged to be tolerant, respectful, demonstrate high levels of morality whilst at the same time encouraged to think about their own sense of identity.
If studied at GCSE students develop knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in debate and discussion about life in a modern pluralistic society. Students explore and understand personal values and beliefs, with an emphasis on critical analysis and the ability to construct balanced and informed arguments within the context of religious, philosophical and ethical awareness. Students consider the intellectual tensions between religious and scientific explanations of the world; learn how to navigate through difficult issues in medical ethics, such as abortion and euthanasia; analyse the nature of God and its implications on belief; debate classical arguments for and against theism, attitudes towards wealth and poverty, prejudice and discrimination; and assess religious and non-religious responses to war and self-defence, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards these significant contemporary issues and cultivate crucial analytical and critical thinking skills.
The course is 100% examined on three written papers. The examinations will include short open response questions as well as extended writing questions.
Exam Board Website - https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/religious-studies-j625-j125-from-2016/