In S1 students learn about Christianity and philosophy.
In the Christianity unit, pupils learn about: the importance of Jesus; how Christianity explains important questions in life; where do we come from and how the world was created; the importance of prayer; and the history of Christianity regarding the Catholics and protestants.
In the Philosophy unit, pupils are encouraged to consider major issues, such as questioning what it means to be human. In this section, for example, we look at what makes humans special, our bodies and its needs, as well as looking at meaning and purpose in life. Following this we discuss human differences like gender, age and disability and explore human emotions and our ability to empathize with others.
In S2 pupils study beliefs systems. We look at what beliefs are and why we have them. We explore different types of beliefs such as prejudice beliefs, superstitious beliefs, supernatural beliefs and finally religious beliefs (religions of the world).
In S3 we study moral issues and explore what morality is. We then look at capital punishment in the USA, which the students a research project on. Finally we look at two other moral issues: the meat industry and Euthanasia.
In S4 the students will do a unit on human relationships. They will study love, sexual morality, marriage, divorce and homosexuality and transgender issues.
This course covers three units. World religion: Buddhism. Philosophical questions: The Origins of Life. Issues of Morality: Religion and Relationships.
Throughout all years there is a real focus on encouraging pupils to empathise with others, express their opinions and take on board other opinions, whilst allowing all of this to shape who they are and what they think. From an academic point of view, there is a focus on source analysis, the nature of bias, improving literacy skills and evaluating issues in an structured, well-argued fashion.