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Pupils in year 7 may be studying Cultural Studies as a discrete subject for the first time. The year 7 curriculum is designed to introduce this subject as an academically challenging and rigorous subject with skills and knowledge that will allow them to progress not just in Cultural Studies, but in subjects across the school and develop life skills for the future. The course is designed to promote discussion and facilitate student’s independent thinking. The year 7 curriculum is as follows:
Issues of Identity, Values and Belonging.
Investigation into the history, worship and modern celebration of Christmas.
Investigation into the meaning of truth and where it might be found.
Examining key beliefs and practices of British Muslims.
Pupils in year 8 should now be familiar with the skills and knowledge required in this subject and be ready to move on to explore topics in more depth. The year 8 curriculum aims to bring in philosophical thought at a more sophisticated level and encourage pupils to think about and evaluate questions of meaning and purpose. Their discussions and written work, will begin to include the skills required at GCSE level. The year 8 curriculum is as follows:
Exploring the philosophy of God, issues of belief and non-belief.
Exploring the philosophy and culture of death and belief in the afterlife
Learning about the core beliefs and practices of the Sikhs.
Exploring the issues of extremism and terrorism in Modern Britain.
Year 9 offers pupils an introduction to the GCSE course, where they will have the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and skills which could act as a foundation for further study of the subject at KS4. Pupils will be grappling with issues of morality and be expected to justify their opinions and show understanding of others opinions using examples, evidence and quotations from sources of authority. The year 9 Curriculum is as follows:
An introduction to the GCSE option course through a study of Human Rights, what they are and why they need to be protected.
A study of religious and humanist views on human life, where it came from, when it begins and how it ends.
The Cultural Studies course at GCSE is an exciting opportunity for pupils to take their learning from KS3 further, but also to develop new skills and knowledge. Pupils will study a range of philosophical and moral issues, whilst also carrying out an in-depth study of two world religions- Christianity and Islam. The year 10 curriculum is as follows:
A study of religious views on family life including marriage, sex, same-sex relationships and divorce.
A study of morality, causes of crime, how criminals should be treated and whether the Death penalty should be reintroduced to Britain.
The Cultural Studies course at GCSE is an exciting opportunity for pupils to take their learning from KS3 further, but also to develop new skills and knowledge. Pupils will study a range of philosophical and moral issues, whilst also carrying out an in-depth study of two world religions- Christianity and Islam. The year 11 curriculum is as follows:
A study of the central beliefs and practices of Christianity including the life of Jesus, salvation, judgement and Heaven and Hell.
A study of the central beliefs and practices of Islam including Tawhid, Al-Qadr, The five pillars and Muslim charities.
Year 10 and 11- Eduqas GCSE 9-1
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