The unexamined life is not worth living
Culture and Beliefs is an explorative and lively subject where students cultivate their thinking skills to debate and discuss a range of issues such as crime, war, relationships and medical issues. Students develop an understanding of a variety of religious beliefs and practises and use this knowledge to reflect, wonder and ponder on some of the most challenging questions that we face today. Delivery of Culture and Beliefs is in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. Some of the skills developed include the interpretation of sources, understanding symbolism, analysing diversity within and between religions, evaluation of responses to ultimate questions and ethical issues and the reflection of their own and others beliefs about world issues. We aim to develop students’ understanding of the world in which we live in and the individuals in which we live alongside.
Throughout KS3 students consider religious and non-religious beliefs from the following themes:
- Beliefs and Concepts
- Expressions of Spirituality
- Ethics and Relationships
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Religion and Science
- Global Issues
- Interfaith Dialogue
Students follow the OCR Philosophy and Applied Ethics (Religious Studies B) course with a focus on Christianity.
- Religion and Human Relationships.
- Religion and medical ethics.
- Religion and poverty and wealth.
- Beliefs about deity.
- Religious and spiritual experience.
- The end of life.
- Religion, peace and justice.
- Religion and equality.
- Religion and the media.
- Good and evil.
- Religion, reason and revelation.
- Religion and Science.
The course involves 4 exams with each contributing to 25% of the final grade. All examinations are taken at the end of year 11.
- GCSE specification
- GCSE homepage with access to past papers, mark schemes and examiner reports
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