Given the importance and influence of religion in general and of Christianity in particular, both in our history and in the contemporary world, a broad and balanced education for our children requires a place for Religious Studies in the curriculum. Pupils’ understanding of history, literature, music, art, and the cultural and political diversity of our modern world is enhanced by an academic study of religion, based on sound educational principles. Also, in our increasingly secular, materialistic and technological society, Religious Studies allows pupils to consider religious and spiritual perspectives on life.
In Religious Studies, pupils have the opportunity to think for themselves, giving opinions on moral and religious issues. They gain knowledge of the Bible, centring on the life and teachings of Christ. Pupils also have an opportunity to understand and learn about the beliefs and practices of world religions other than their own, in an open-minded and respectful way.
The NI Curriculum for Religious Studies covers the following objectives over three years:
CCEA GCSE overview
Year 11 – Matthew’s Gospel (50% taken by written paper at the end of Year 11)
Year 12 – Christian Ethics (50% taken by written paper at the end of Year 12)
Religious Studies develops skills such as communication, managing information, critical thinking and showing empathy. These skills can lead onto study in further or higher education in a range of areas and potential careers such as:
Counselling, Community Work, Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Police, Human Resources, Solicitors, Law, Youth Work and Publishing.