Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

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Religious Studies

Religious Studies
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Key Staff

  • Mrs P McKeown (HoD)
  • Mrs R Fitzsimons

The Religious Studies Department wish to promote the College motto UNA DISCAMUS: Let us Learn Together. We want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to maximise their potential in the curriculum area of Religious Studies and as a consequence develop academically, socially, emotionally and morally.

The needs of the pupil are always paramount with every effort being made to ensure students can study Religious Studies, irrespective of gender, race, culture, belief and academic ability.

The Religious Studies Teaching Team seeks to, over time, to help young people:

  • To develop a curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Religious Studies.
  • To understand how Religion can be a powerful influence, positively or negatively, on people’s lives; individually and in communities.
  • To value and respect religious diversity and to learn how to live with it in a shared society.
  • To have open and enquiring minds and to see Religious Studies in the context of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  • Realise his/her full academic potential.
  • Achieve success in public examinations and gain access to higher education.
  • To explore religious and ethical issues with awareness and understanding.
  • To develop a range of desirable personal qualities.
  • To work independently and as part of a team.
  • To engage in responsible religious dialogue: involving the right to a voice and the responsibility to listen.
  • Become an independent, critical thinker and life long learner.
  • Develop a vocational understanding of work in preparation for the 21st century.

Year 8

Unit One - Christianity
Unit Two - The Bible
Unit Three - All about Me
Unit Four - Creation/Environment
Unit Five - Judaism
Unit Six - The Church through the Ages - Nicky Cruz

Year 9

Unit One - Who is Jesus?
Unit Two - Relationships
Unit Three - Wealth and Poverty
Unit Four - Holy Week
Unit Five - Worship
Unit Six - St Patrick

Year 10

Unit One - Looking for God
Unit Two - Coping with challenges to adolescence
Unit Three - Choices
Unit Four - Martin Luther
Unit Five - Prejudice/Sectarianism/Reconciliation
Unit Six - Islam


This unit aims to introduce students to a number of themes in the life and ministry of Jesus, as portrayed in Matthew’s Gospel.

  1. The Identity of Jesus
  2. Jesus the miracle worker
  3. The Kingdom of God
  4. The Death and Resurrection of Jesus
  5. The Place and nature of Christian Discipleship


This unit aims to introduce students to ethics within the study of religion.
Students explore:

1. Personal and Family Issues: Christian views on the meaning and purpose of sexual relationships.  The benefits and challenges of marriage and divorce.

2. Matters of Life and Death: Abortion, Euthanasia, Capital Punishment – taking account of biblical, political and ethical viewpoints.

3. Care for the Environment: The meaning and purpose of Christian Stewardship, animal rights and conservation issues.

4. Equality: Social Justice, the Christian’s responsibility towards disadvantaged groups, racism, other religions, religious diversity in schools.

5.  War and Peace – Pacifism, the Just War tradition – taking account of different religious and ethical viewpoints.


There are two externally assessed written papers.

Paper 1 –  Christianity through a study of Matthew’s Gospel

1 hour 30 mins

Worth 50%

Paper 2 - An Introduction to Christian Ethics

1 hour 30 mins

Worth 50%

Coursework – There is no coursework component!!

AS Level 

During Year 13 students will take two modules AS2 and AS6.

AS2: An introduction to the Book of Acts 

This unit explores the beginnings of the Church of the New Testament, tracing the journey of the gospel.  In addition, at AS level candidates are required to explore the relationship of this unit with other aspects of human experience.

50% of AS

25% of A2

1 hour 20 minute examination


AS6:  Religious Ethics: Foundations, Principles and Practice

This unit explores a number of themes and principles that are foundational to religious ethics: foundations, natural law, situation ethics, bioethics, sexuality and life and death issues.  In addition, at AS level candidates are required to explore the relationship of this unit with other aspects of human experience.

50% of AS

25% of A2

1 hour 20 minute examination

A2 Religious Studies 

During Year 14 students will study two modules A22 and A26

A22  A study of Acts, Galatians and 1st Corinthians

This unit explores Paul's work as pastor and preacher and traces Paul's journey to Rome.  In addition, candidates are expected to explore connections in this with another area of study and other aspects of human experience.  25% of A2

Examination 2 hours.

A24  Ethics and Society

This unit explores the contrasts and similarities between religious and non religious ethics across a range of issues: human rights, environmental ethics, war and peace issues and the ethics of punishment.  In addition candidates are expected to explore connections in this unit with another area of study and other aspects of human experience.  25% of A2

Examination 2 hours.

Religious Studies helps many pupils go forward and secure places in third level education or other alternative work pathways. The skills developed at various Key Stages in Religious Studies, have proven to be very beneficial in helping students to make the transition to academic study at university level.

Our teaching methodologies are designed to develop critical thinking skills, interpretative and analytical skills and encourage independent learning where pupils must research various schools of thought and offer their own personal insights. The content of the Ethics programme gives a meaningful moral and ethical backdrop to key areas such as Medicine, Journalism or Law.

Studying theology and religious studies allows you to explore how religious beliefs and practices shape and influence the world we live in

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Advice worker
  • Archivist
  • Charity officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Community development worker
  • Editorial assistant
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

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