The department sees all pupils for three hours per week from Year 9: for Religious Studies and Thinking Skills. Two lessons are allocated to RS and one lesson for discreet Thinking Skills. This draws not only from RS but also from the Citizenship curriculum and PSHE curriculum to study topics that will allow pupils to develop thinking skills for education and for life. Common processes such as decision-making and risk-taking are explored using topics such as finance, business and politics.
The Religious Studies GCSE course follows the AQA Religious Studies A, current study includes Christianity, a choice of a second religion from Hinduism, Islam or Sikhism and four ethical or philosophical themes.
Pupils are encouraged to develop an inquiring and sympathetic understanding of religions, along with complex ethical and philosophical issues.
The department encourages an independent approach, pursuing pupils' wider interests and stretching both higher achievers and those with barriers to education.