The Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy offers dynamic and successful courses in all year groups.
All students of King Edward’s follow the same path in Years 7 to 10. In Years 7 and 8 a study of World Faith Communities helps our students appreciate the advantage of living in a culture where different religious traditions flourish (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam and Judaism). In Year 8 the study of Judaism leads naturally to the study of Christianity and the figure of Jesus.
In Years 9 and 10 all our students pursue the AQA specification in Religious Studies and Citizenship as part of the core curriculum. In addition to this students may also opt to take a Full Course in Philosophy and Ethics where the specimen religion is Christianity – the most widespread religious tradition in Britain today.
It is possible to study these themes through three other religions if special arrangements are made by the pupils and parents involved, subject to the agreement of the Head of RS. Aspects of Religious Studies are also included within Extended Studies in the First Year and Open Forum in the Sixth Form.
Those students who appreciate this GCSE programme will be able to pursue theological and philosophical studies in the Sixth Form where dedicated specialists can lead them through A Level Philosophy and Ethics (OCR).
Our approach is always one of reasoned debate and careful exploration – very much in keeping with the spirit of King Edward’s.