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Philosophy and Religious Studies


The aim of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Rugby High School is to encourage our students to develop a sense of curiosity about the diverse world they live in. We hope to enrich their understanding, not only of the major world religions, but also the philosophical and ethical principles that underpin a wide range of beliefs, whether they are religious or secular. It is also our wish to invite all of our students to participate in dialogue, to enable self-expression as well as allowing quiet reflection and ultimately, personal growth. We want our students to engage with the issues that really matter: to each of them, and in the wider world today. Students are asked to think about the meaning and value of a wide range of concepts, such as truth and justice, in a variety of different contexts.

As Philosophy & Religious Studies is part of the core curriculum at RHS, all students will study the subject from years 7-11. We also offer students with a keen interest in the subject the opportunity to study at GCSE and A level.

At key stage 3, students explore the 6 major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Key stage 3 students also enjoy the many opportunities, that the department offer, to visit sites that are of religious and cultural significance. Students are encouraged to discuss ethical and philosophical questions in relation to the religions under study, and the development of their analytical and evaluation skills is promoted from their very first Philosophy and Religious Studies lesson.

In upper school, all students take a Religious Studies course which looks at important life issues through different religious and philosophical lenses. All students are given the option of following the full course which results in a GCSE qualification. This entails additional study, focusing on contemporary social, political, environmental and other world issues. Students explore a variety of religious and philosophical responses to the issues in question. Those who opt to take short course instead are awarded with a half GCSE.

The department also offers Religious Studies at AS and A2 which comprises the study of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. Students explore key philosophical and ethical debates: old arguments are applied to new problems and the course is taught to reflect the concerns of a modern world, which students find engaging and relevant.