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Religious Studies

Third Form (Year 9)

All pupils will take GCSE Religious Studies after two years' study.

The first half of the Advent Term is spent on basic Christian doctrines such as Trinity, Incarnation and Atonement. We then look at the Chapel and examine Christian worship in the Anglican tradition as performed here at Lancing. In the second half of the term we begin the short course GCSE.

This involves a study of Christian faith and life organised around the following topic headings:

  • Believing in God – in which we meet some of the arguments for the existence of God, the nature of a Christian upbringing and the problem of evil.
  • Matters of life and death – such as the debates around abortion, euthanasia and the Christian belief in life after death.

Fourth Form (Year 10)

Here we continue with our GCSE:

  • Marriage and the family – among other things involves a focus on Christian marriage and the pressures it is currently under and Church teaching on homosexuality.
  • Religion and community cohesion - which entails an examination of Christian responses to racism, sexism and the problems of multi-culturalism.

The GCSE is taken, usually in May. For the remainder of the Summer Term the curriculum depends on the interests of the particular teacher. Recent studies have included Judaism, Buddhism, biblical narratives, film studies and others.

Sixth Form (Year 12)

Religious Studies becomes an option for study at AS and A Level. We divide our teaching into two areas:

  1. A study of John’s gospel – we study the thought world and text of this crucial Christian document giving students a unique and valuable insight into the faith of the earliest Christian communities.
  2. The Philosophy of Religion - here we look at questions that have bothered philosophers for centuries and continue to provoke debate such as the cosmological, design and ontological arguments; the problem of religious language and atheism. 

Students write an extended study on an area of their choice at AS Level in the Lower Sixth and are examined on this, then are required to demonstrate a broad grasp of their whole experience of learning in the ‘synoptic’ paper at A2.

Some of our students go on to further study in Theology or Philosophy, others take the skills and interests they have gained from the course into the law, journalism, teaching and other related areas. For those to whom ‘ultimate questions’ are important and meaningful, of course, it is a good course in its own right.

Staff Position
Mr Phil C Richardson (MA Cantab, MA London) Head of Department
Revd Richard K Harrison (MA Oxon, BA Leeds) Chaplain
Mrs Catherine M Krause (BA Melbourne, MEd Buckingham)  
Mr Matt JH Smith (BA Durham)  
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