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.
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.