Religious Education is at the core of the curriculum here at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. We are committed to supporting pupils at whatever stage they might be on their faith journey. We strive to help pupils achieve their full potential as human beings.
We believe it is essential that all pupils should have an appreciation of the religious and spiritual dimension of life.
Through our Religious Education programme we promote the common good, making real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general.
Religious Education is also an academic subject: pupils are expected to develop skills of research, thinking, reasoning, communication and co-operation. We therefore strive to help to develop the skills for GCSE, as well as for GCE Advanced and AS Level when they leave for Sixth form studies.
We offer a huge range of activities outside of the classroom which we hope will inspire and increase enjoyment in the subject, e.g. pilgrimages, retreats, guest speakers, visits to places of worship. We also work very closely with Chaplaincy which gives many and varied ways for pupils to become involved and put their faith into action
All pupils at Cardinal Heenan study GCSE Religious Studies. The course content aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of religion. We explore the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices and ways of life. RE lessons also give pupils the opportunities to express personal responses to the big questions in life, such as “Who am I?” “What happens when I die?” “What is the meaning of life?”
“I have come” Christ said “that you may have life and have it in all its abundance.”
All pupils study the following areas in Religious Education:
In Year 9 pupils begin a GCSE course in Religious Studies with the AQA examination board. They study St Mark’s Gospel, Unit 5 (405005), and Roman Catholicism: Ethics, Unit 4 (405004).
St. Mark’s Gospel
Roman Catholicism: Ethics
Key Stage 4 Religious Education enhances pupils’ spiritual and academic progress in line with the gospel and the Church’s moral teaching. Once pupils reach the end of Year 11 they will be examined on both units. Grades for the two units will be combined to give an overall GCSE grade.
We aim to encourage awareness and appreciation of the pupils’ own worth and that of others and also to respect the rights of other people who have beliefs which are different to their own. As a Catholic community it is our duty to deepen the knowledge and understanding of Catholic and other religious traditions but also to enable young people to explore their own story, experiences, personal beliefs and that of others whatever their faith background.
The Religious Education curriculum actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the gospel values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today, and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
Board: AQA Subject Code: 8063
Component 1: Catholic Christianity - Percentage of total marks: 50%
Written Examination: 1 hr 45 minutes
Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:
Component 2: Perspectives on Faith - Percentage of total marks: 50%
Written Examination: 1 hr 45 minutes
A study of the beliefs, teachings and practices of Judaism
Religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes:
Students will sit both examinations at the end of year 11.
How it’s assessed
Two written examination papers: 1 hour 45 minutes. (One exam for each component).
95 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar).
In each exam series, questions will be set on any four sections of the Catholic Christianity component and on any two sections
of the Judaism and Religious, Philosophical and ethical studies themes.
One question will be set on each theme. There will be five parts to each question.
Each five part question will be marked out of 24.
Each group of five questions will follow the same structure of 1,2,4,5 and 12 marks.
The 12 mark questions will require extended writing and test analysis and evaluation.
Students should meet all homework deadlines. If students are absent from school, they should ensure that all missed
work is copied up.
Students should revise thoroughly and aim to achieve their target grade in all end of module tests.
A high level of concentration and active participation in class is essential at all times.
They should access the AQA exam board website and familiarise themselves with the course specification, specimen
exam papers and past papers as they are available.
Immersing themselves in the theology and teachings of the Catholic Church
Visiting a Jewish synagogue, taking part in Jewish celebrations, eg Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Passover, Sabbath celebrations.