Religious Education is at the heart of every Catholic school. Religious Education in The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College was described in the 2012 Section 48 Inspection report as follows –

‘Evidence from lesson observations and interviews clearly show that students enjoy their learning and they appreciate the wide variety of teaching strategies employed. A positive, productive and professional atmosphere pervades all aspects of the students’ approach to Religious Education. Outcomes for students in Religious Education are good as are learning and progress for most students….The quality of learning of students with particular needs is impressive, in particular for those students where English is an additional language.’

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Keystage 3

All students from Year 7 through to Year 9 study RE for three periods per week. The curriculum is reviewed on a yearly basis, meets Diocesan and New Bishop’s Curriculum Directory requirements and allows students to gain a wide range of skills in Religious Education. Formal written assessments are carried out 6 times a year and Pupil Progress reported back to parents every half term.

Keystage 4

Edexcel GCSE RE – All students in Year 10 and 11 study GCSE RE Edexcel Units 3 and 8. There is an examined at the end of Year 11 and the course has no coursework element. Unit 3 is the study of Catholic and Christian attitudes to – Believing in God, Matters of life and death, Marriage and Community Cohesion. One aspect of the course is looking at religion in the media. Unit 8 is the study of Christian and one other religion’s attitude to – Rights and Responsibilities, Environmental and Medical issues, Peace and Conflict and Crime and Punishment. These units will be studied alternately throughout the two years and assessed at the end of each unit with a section test.

Keystage 5

AS Philosophy of Religion – Ancient Greek influences on religious philosophy, Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion, traditional arguments for the existence of God, the Cosmological argument from Aquinas and Copleston, the Teleological argument from Aquinas and Paley, the Moral argument from Kant: psychological challenges from Freud and challenges to religious belief.

AS Religious Ethics Ethical Theories – Natural Law, Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism, Religious Ethics and Applied Ethics. The above ethical theories as applied to Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic engineering and War and peace. There are no January modules or coursework at AS/A2.

A2 Philosophy of Religion – Religious Language, Religious Experience, Miracle, Attributes and Nature of God and Life and Death/the Soul.

A2 Religious Ethics – Ethical topics and theories: Meta-ethics, Free Will and Determinism, Nature and Role of the Conscience; Virtue Ethics; Applied Ethics The ethical theories: Natural Law, Kantian Ethics; Utilitarianism, Religious Ethics and Virtue Ethics—as applied to Environmental and business ethics and Sexual Ethics.

MET (Morals, Ethics & Philosophy) – All Sixth Form students study a Morals, Ethics & Philosophy General RE course for a double period per week. In the course they will examine areas such as The Just War, Capital Punishment, Human Rights, Science versus Religion debate and the Ethics of areas like Abortion and Euthanasia. There is a yearly Conference examining one of the areas from the course.