The deadline for applying to Sixth Form is Friday 22nd February 2019.

Social and Religious Studies

In KS3 Religious Studies students

  • explore the ultimate questions of human existence
  • discuss a variety of philosophical and ethical issues in an open, inclusive and reflective environment
  • develop the necessary skills for living in a pluralistic society, this applies to all pupils regardless of their beliefs or background
  • are encouraged to value and respect the beliefs and ideas of others
  • learn about each of the six major faiths within the UK
  • research units on the evidence for the existence of God
  • research Anne Frank and the Holocaust, and responding to these topics

Assessment

  • formal assessment through 3 end of unit tests throughout the year
  • all assessments have the same structure – they are 30 minutes long and contain 5 questions (1-5), testing both knowledge and evaluative skills
  • students regularly self and peer assess their work

Learning beyond the classroom

  • discussing topics at home, keeping up to date with current events
  • reading around the topics we cover – whether it is Buddhist ideas on impermanence, the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany, or the reality of being a Sikh in the UK today
  • visiting religious establishments
  • listening to people of different cultures and beliefs

Teachers of KS3 Religious Studies

  • Mr A MacMillan – Head of SRS Department
  • Miss L Hurt – Teacher of SRS
  • Miss Z Davison – Teacher of SRS
  • Miss C Harbron – Teacher of SRS

 

In KS4 RS we explore the following topics

Buddhist and Christian beliefs and discuss philosophical and ethical questions at the heart of the course, including:

·         Why is there evil in the world?

·         can violence ever be justified?

·         Is there any evidence that God is real?

·         Is there any possibility of life after death?

·         Are religion and science inherently incompatible?

·         Should all people be treated equally?

·         Do we have a duty to help the poor?

·         Is abortion right?

·         Should active euthanasia be legalized in the UK?

·         Is the death penalty justified?

Assessment

·         assessment by AQA through 2 one hour 45 minute exams at the end of year 11

·         no assessed coursework, but students are formally assessed through 3-4 end of unit tests throughout the              year

·         all assessments have the same structure – they are 26 minutes long, and contain 5 questions (1-5), testing            both knowledge and evaluative skills

·         students regularly self and peer assess their work

Learning beyond the classroom

·         discussing the topics outside of school, whether it is the ethics of genetic engineering, the meaning of life,            or whether capital punishment is ever justified

·         reading around the topic areas, which may include fiction, non-fiction, or current events

·         revising – students in year 11 have booklets that the department have produced, these review all the content        needed for the exam and give guidance on exam technique

·         using the revision resource on the school network that students can make a copy of and use at home,  this            contains everything students may need for revision, including a revision timetable, past questions, and                guidance on each exam question

Teachers of KS4 RS

·         Mr A MacMillan – Head of SRS Department

·         Miss L Hurt – 2nd in SRS Department

·         Miss Z Davison – Teacher of SRS

·         Miss C Harbron – Teacher of SRS

In KS5 Philosophy and Ethics we study the following:

·         The ultimate questions of the philosophy of religion and ethics

·         Ancient influences of the philosophy of religion, including  Plato and Aristotle

·         Beliefs about mind/body and soul

·         Classical arguments for the existence of God including the design, cosmological and ontological arguments

·         The problem of Evil

·         The nature of religious experience

·         The Nature of God – specifically what it means to say that god is eternal, omnibenevolent, omnipotent and          omniscient

·         Ethical theories, including utilitarianism, Kant and natural law

·         Applied ethics, including business ethics, euthanasia and sexual ethics

·         Religious language

·         Key developments in Christian thinking

Other useful information

·         Students gain consistently high results in A-level religious studies at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College

·         The course is accepted by all universities and is particularly useful for students considering degrees in law          and criminal justice, media and journalism, education, and social services

·         Students develop a range of skills through the course, including analysis, evaluation, written                                    communication and debating

Assessment

·         the examining board is OCR

·         there is no assessed coursework; the course is examined by three  papers at the end of Year 13

·         students complete timed essays to develop their exam technique throughout Years 12 and 13

·         students also regularly peer and self-assess their work

Learning beyond the Classroom

·         completing regular home learning which is set through the note packs we provide

·         reading a wide range of resources is strongly encouraged for all A-level students, but especially for those              seeking an A or B

·         specific guidance on wider reading is given in the course materials

·         using revision resources provided on the school network, these contain everything students need in order            to revise including summary packs, teaching materials, past questions, revision timetables and exam                    technique

·         following the revision timetable we have created, beginning after the February half term, by doing so, they         will be able to review the entire content of the course by the end of the Easter holidays, which puts them in a       very favourable position for the final few weeks of revision

Teachers of KS5 Philosophy and Ethics

·         Mr A MacMillan – Head of SRS Department

·         Miss L Hurt – 2nd in SRS Department

·         Miss Z Davison – Teacher of SRS