Religion, Philosophy & Ethics Department


Team Leader:

Alice Parry alice.parry@bridgend.gov.uk


Team Members:

Gemma Pinches

Tracey Wellington (Head Of School) tracey.wellington@ccyd.org.uk

Rhian Wilson (Head Of Welsh Baccalaureate )


 

Subjects Offered: 

At GCSE We Offer:

  • RPE GCSE

At KS5 We Offer:

  • As Level RPE
  • A Level RPE
As of  September 2016, the former ‘Religious Education’ department has taken a fresh and innovative approach to the subject which includes the study of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. We have implemented current, engaging and relevant programs of learning that are academically stimulating and interesting for students. This new approach has been enthusiastically accepted by students.

The department adopts a variety of teaching methods to ensure that students engage with and enjoy lessons. As well as embedding literacy and numeracy into the RPE curriculum, the department also includes visual and auditory learning experiences, digital literacy through the use of iPads and dialogic teaching methods which, research proves, greatly benefits students’ writing ability.

Key Stage 3

The RPE curriculum at Key Stage 3 follows the requirements of the Agreed Syllabus whereby students have opportunities to engage with fundamental philosophical and ethical questions. The curriculum is designed to appeal and challenge students of all abilities.

 In year 7 students engage with the school wide ‘Challenge Curriculum’ and RPE is part of three challenges:

  • You are what you eat
  • When something BIG happens
  • Dreams of Freedom

 In year 8 students explore the three Abrahamic Faiths in chronological order. This allows them to see the historical progression of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and appreciate how each religion has links to the others. They can also understand the similarities between these religions and the beliefs and practices that followers adhere to.

In year 9 students study Ethics, looking at ethical theories, applied ethics and famous ethical people who have had a positive impact on the world.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 every student is given the opportunity to achieve a GCSE qualification in Religious Studies.  Students begin their GCSE study in Year 10 and complete it at the end of Year 11; sitting two exams. 

We follow the WJEC specification which allows students to study a total of eight units of work through an exploration of Christianity and Islam. From September 2017, the new WJEC specification will be implemented in line with the national framework.

Many members of the department are qualified examiners for the WJEC and therefore have an excellent understanding of the requirements of the course.

Key Stage 5

Religion Philosophy and Ethics is a very popular subject at A level, with many students opting to study the subject. The department thrives at both AS level and A2.  This is a measure of the success that has been achieved by the department in attracting students to study RPE in the Sixth Form.

From September 2016, the new WJEC specification was implemented at AS level. Students study the following two topics:

  • An Introduction to The Study of Religion
  • An Introduction to Religion and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion

At A2, students are still engaging with the legacy specification of the old WJEC examination. Students are currently studying:

  • Studies in Religion and Ethics
  • Studies in Religion and Human Experience

However, from September 2017 the A2 course will consist of the following three topics, in line with the new WJEC exam specification:

  • A Study of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion

The RPE department work as a collaborative team to create high quality resources that are accessible to all students. While being accessible to all, our resources are academically stimulating and provide substantial challenge to allow students to thrive and develop.

We offer students of all abilities the opportunity to understand and experience the different belief systems, cultures and moral systems that shape the world in which they live. As a department we endeavor to integrate current media examples into our lessons in order to allow students to recognise the relevance of Religion Philosophy and Ethics in our current society. It is a fundamental ‘living’ subject which can provide students with a unique lens at which to view the world.