Religious Studies

Head of Department:  Mrs D. Wood.

Teaching Staff:  Mrs R. Carlisle, Miss C. Flanagan, Mrs L. McClintock, Mrs J. McKittrick and Mrs A. McLeese.

 

Religious Studies plays an important role in the holistic development of our students at Hunterhouse College. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students and takes account of the diverse cultural and religious backgrounds that the College welcomes.

Religious Studies seeks to develop students’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, forms of expression and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.  Religious Studies at Hunterhouse, encourages students to learn from, and respect, the diversity of these different religious beliefs, values and traditions.

Every student in Years 8 to 12 follows the legal requirements of the subject in Key Stages 3 and 4 as specified by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland and as outlined in the Core Syllabus for Religious Education.

 

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum is vibrant and exciting.  It is designed to encourage students to explore different faiths and backgrounds and ask searching questions in a safe and respectful environment.  RS at KS3 helps students to develop arguments and justify their opinions, key skills needed at GCSE, A level and in the world of work.

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10

Decision making

Holy Books

Saint Patrick

World Religions

Judaism

Moses and the Ten Commandments

The World of Jesus

Self-Image

Social Justice: Slavery

Islam

The Early Church

Racism and Discrimination

 

GCSE

At Hunterhouse College we follow the CCEA Religious Studies specification. All GCSE students study Ethics. Those who choose full course Religious Studies also study Philosophy of Religion. The choice of units enables students from all religious backgrounds, or none, to express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.

Ethics Philosophy

Personal and Family Issues

Matters of Life and death

Bioethics

Contemporary Issues in Christianity

Modern Warfare

 

The existence of God

The Nature of God

The Problem of Evil and Suffering

Experiencing God

Life after Death

 

The above topics consider the perspectives of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

 

AS and A Level

Students at AS continue their studies in Ethics, alongside the study of Luke’s Gospel.  Both units include a section of other aspects of human experience.  We research local, national and global events that relate to our areas of study.

Luke’s Gospel Ethics

The Background to Luke’s Gospel

The Making of Luke’s Gospel

Birth and Early Ministry Narratives

Parables and Miracles

Discipleship and Salvation History.

 

Other aspects of human experience including; religious division; outreach to marginalised groups; validity of miracles and the demands of discipleship today.

Deontological approaches to Moral Decision Making

Teleological approaches to Moral Decision Making

Abortion

Euthanasia

Bioethics

Other aspects of human experience including; moral absolutes; ethical and state responsibilities to abortion; faith and ethics in the public square; issues arising from new reproductive technologies

 

Students continue to study Ethics and textual studies at A2.  We introduce Matthew and Mark alongside Luke in our study of The Synoptic Gospels. Students study synoptic themes at A2, giving them the opportunity to draw connections between their different areas of study.

The Synoptic Gospels Ethics

The Background to the Synoptic Gospels

Biblical Criticism

Titles of Jesus

The Ethics of Jesus

The Death and Resurrection Narratives

 

Synoptic themes are; religious texts, authority and interpretation.

Moral Theory

The Nature of Rights- human and animal rights.

Sexuality identity and gender justice

War and Peace

Justice, Law and Punishment

 

Synoptic themes are; Conscience, Freedom and Tolerance.

 

Religious Studies allows students to develop important skills needed for further study and the world of work. These include:

  • synthesis and evaluation via synoptic assessment;
  • higher order thinking skills through independent learning tasks, creative thinking and problem-solving;
  • formulating responsible judgements on significant textual, theological, philosophical and moral issues; and
  • advanced study skills.

Religious Studies at Hunterhouse College

Religious Studies at Hunterhouse College

Religious Studies at Hunterhouse College

Head of Department:  Mrs D. Wood.

Teaching Staff:  Mrs R. Carlisle, Miss C. Flanagan, Mrs L. McClintock, Mrs J. McKittrick and Mrs A. McLeese.

 

Religious Studies plays an important role in the holistic development of our students at Hunterhouse College. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students and takes account of the diverse cultural and religious backgrounds that the College welcomes.

 

Religious Studies seeks to develop students’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, forms of expression and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.  Religious Studies at Hunterhouse, encourages students to learn from, and respect, the diversity of these different religious beliefs, values and traditions.

 

Every student in Years 8 to 12 follows the legal requirements of the subject in Key Stages 3 and 4 as specified by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland and as outlined in the Core Syllabus for Religious Education.

Religious Studies at Hunterhouse College

Religious Studies at Hunterhouse College

Religious Studies at Hunterhouse College

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum is vibrant and exciting.  It is designed to encourage students to explore different faiths and backgrounds and ask searching questions in a safe and respectful environment.  RS at KS3 helps students to develop arguments and justify their opinions, key skills needed at GCSE, A level and in the world of work. 

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Decision making

Holy Books

Saint Patrick

World Religions

Judaism

Moses and the Ten Commandments

The World of Jesus

Self-Image

Social Justice: Slavery

Islam

The Early Church

Racism and Discrimination

 

GCSE

At Hunterhouse College we follow the CCEA Religious Studies specification. All GCSE students study Ethics. Those who choose full course Religious Studies also study Philosophy of Religion. The choice of units enables students from all religious backgrounds, or none, to express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments.

Ethics

Philosophy

Personal and Family Issues

Matters of Life and death

Bioethics

Contemporary Issues in Christianity

Modern Warfare

 

The existence of God

The Nature of God

The Problem of Evil and Suffering

Experiencing God

Life after Death

 

The above topics consider the perspectives of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

 

AS and A Level

Students at AS continue their studies in Ethics, alongside the study of Luke’s Gospel.  Both units include a section of other aspects of human experience.  We research local, national and global events that relate to our areas of study.

Luke’s Gospel

Ethics

The Background to Luke’s Gospel

The Making of Luke’s Gospel

Birth and Early Ministry Narratives

Parables and Miracles

Discipleship and Salvation History.

 

Other aspects of human experience including; religious division; outreach to marginalised groups; validity of miracles and the demands of discipleship today

Deontological approaches to Moral Decision Making

Teleological approaches to Moral Decision Making

Abortion

Euthanasia

Bioethics

Other aspects of human experience including; moral absolutes; ethical and state responsibilities to abortion; faith and ethics in the public square; issues arising from new reproductive technologies

 

Students continue to study Ethics and textual studies at A2.  We introduce Matthew and Mark alongside Luke in our study of The Synoptic Gospels. Students study synoptic themes at A2, giving them the opportunity to draw connections between their different areas of study.

The Synoptic Gospels

Ethics

The Background to the Synoptic Gospels

Biblical Criticism

Titles of Jesus

The Ethics of Jesus

The Death and Resurrection Narratives

 

Synoptic themes are; religious texts, authority and interpretation.

Moral Theory

The Nature of Rights- human and animal rights.

Sexuality identity and gender justice

War and Peace

Justice, Law and Punishment

 

Synoptic themes are; Conscience, Freedom and Tolerance.

 

Religious Studies allows students to develop important skills needed for further study and the world of work. These include:

  • synthesis and evaluation via synoptic assessment;
  • higher order thinking skills through independent learning tasks, creative thinking and problem-solving;
  • formulating responsible judgements on significant textual, theological, philosophical and moral issues; and
  • advanced study skills.