Religious Education

Welcome to the Religious Education Department

The Religious Studies department is a successful and innovative department, which is committed to raising the achievement of all of our students. The Department currently consists of two specialist members of staff. The team is committed to excellent learning and teaching and consistently endeavours to find new ways to engage and inspire our students. Within the department, we place a strong emphasis on collaborative working - sharing ideas and resources.

The Religious Studies Department follows the Carmarthenshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. All students study Religious Education in Years 7 – 9 and then RE is offered as an option at GCSE and A level.

Key Stage 3

New Year 7 Curriculum

The new humanities curriculum focuses on the 4 curriculum purposes as part of the new Curriculum for Wales. Once pupils have completed a core skills unit they will then study the development of Whitland and Christmas before moving onto units such as invaders and migrants into Wales, climate and rainfall in Wales, life after death and evolution. This is an exciting, challenging, creative and rewarding curriculum and will also encompass the core school values of “we can, we care”.

In Year 8 pupils study Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, Violence war and peace as well as Human rights and responsibilities.

In Year 9 pupils study Body and spirit, Religion in the 21st Century, suffering and disaster and the environment.

Key Stage 4

As part of their GCSE Studies pupils study Christianity and Islam in Year 10 and Christianity and Hinduism in year 11. In addition, pupil study Issues of life and death, Good and Evil, Relationships and Human Rights.

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Key Stage 5

At A level pupils study Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Hinduism. Achieving a B grade in GCSE English would be advantageous in order to meet the challenge required for this A level subject.

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Extra Curricular

  • In years 10 or 11 pupils have the option of a study visit to Italy. Pupils visit sites in Rome and Sorrento along with visiting the historical sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii in Naples.

  • Sixth form London trip where we visit the Bhaktivedanta manor (ISKCON) and the Swaminarayan temple as part of the Hinduism course. We also visit the Imperial War museum.

  • Since 2017 the department has arranged a collection for Carmarthen foodbank (Trussell Trust) each Christmas.

  • 2019 marked the first year the department entered pupils for the Spirited Arts and Poetry competition

  • Each year the RE department arranges for two sixth form pupils to take part in the government-funded Lessons from Auschwitz Project, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.