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Religious Education

RE at Hamilton College reflects the Christian Ethos of the school, allowing pupils to gain an understanding of the Christian faith, as well as aspects of other world religions. Teaching staff maintain a class environment in which pupils are free to voice their opinions, think critically and analyse various viewpoints. Pupils are actively encouraged to explore spiritual, moral and philosophical matters and are challenged to respond to the ideas they discover.

Religious Education is given to S1 & S2 pupils.  All S3 & S4 pupils follow the SQA's National courses for Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS).  Pupils may choose to move on to the Higher course in S5 or S6.

S1 & S2 Religious Education

S1
Pupils study Christianity and Sikhism under the following headings:

Beliefs and Worship, Stories and Sacred Writings, Key Figures, Festivals and Celebrations, Ceremonies and Customs, Special Places and Symbols.
They also look at evidence for the existence of God and aspects of science and belief.

S2
A detailed study of the meaning of Christian Love with examples of people who have demonstrated God’s Love in action. Pupils also study the religion of Judaism under the following headings:

Beliefs and Worship, Stories and Sacred Writings, Key Figures, Festivals and Celebrations, Ceremonies and Customs, Special Places and Symbols.

National 4/5 RMPS

All pupils in S3-S4 will follow a course at National 4 level as part of the core RE provision. The course forms part of the SQA arrangements for Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS). This course should allow you to begin to develop a philosophical approach to the study of beliefs, values and issues which are of importance in the world today.

Skills and Knowledge
A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • describing and commenting on the meaning and context of sources related to world religions, in straightforward terms
  • expressing views about contemporary moral questions and responses, in straightforward terms
  • describing religious and philosophical questions and responses, in straightforward terms
  • straightforward factual knowledge and understanding of the impact and significance of religion today through studying some beliefs, practices and sources found within one of the world’s six major religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism or Sikhism) and the contribution these make to the lives of followers
  • straightforward knowledge and understanding of contemporary moral issues and responses
  • straightforward knowledge and understanding of religious and philosophical questions and responses

Learning and Teaching Methods
Learning in this course can be described in terms of fostering your knowledge and understanding and your skills of analysis and evaluation. You will develop the core skill of critical thinking through evaluating and drawing conclusions about the issues covered in the course. Much use is made of discussion and contemporary resources in a variety of media.

Careers Information
The attributes developed by religious studies mean that this is a course with skills and attitudes which are transferable across many areas of higher education and employment.

Higher RMPS

The main course aims are to allow candidates to: 

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and values
  • Develop analytical skills in relation to sacred writings, beliefs and values of world religions
  • Gain insight into the way in which beliefs and values affect the lives of followers of one world religion
  • Analyse and think critically about their own beliefs and those of others

COURSE CONTENT
The course has three mandatory units which are:

  • World Religion (Christianity)
  • Morality in the Modern World (Crime and Punishment)
  • Christianity: Belief and Science

METHODOLOGY
Classes are organised on a tutorial model, which involves the presentation of the course key concepts and examination of source materials. Pupils are expected to do preparatory reading at home in advance of classes to allow time to be given over to informed discussion and debate.

ASSESSMENT
One end of unit assessment per unit which will test the skills of knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation.

External exam.

Core Religious & Moral Education

All pupils in S5/6 attend the Religious Education department for one period a week.

COURSE CONTENT S5
Pupils are given the opportunity to reflect critically on attitudes and outlooks prevalent in society. The main emphasis in this stage of a pupils’ experience of RE is to encourage the development of responsible citizenship. Pupils look at prejudice and discrimination in term 1 and then purpose, meaning and value in life in term 2. Pupils further consider the ways in which individuals can change and make an effective contribution to society.

ASSESSMENT
No formal assessment takes place in S5 however pupils are assessed on their contribution to group discussion and their interaction with others in the teaching group.

COURSE CONTENT S6
Pupils are given the opportunity to reflect on issues relating to personal growth and development.  Topics covered include forgiveness, conversion, coping with success and failure, spirituality, personal values, Christian ethics in a secular society, faith.

ASSESSMENT
No formal assessment takes place in S6 however pupils are assessed on their contribution to group discussion and their interaction with others in the teaching group.