Beliefs and Values

Our aim is provide students with knowledge and understanding of the major world religions and what links them together and identifies their uniqueness.

You will understand and develop personal opinions on key moral issues. You will become aware of key aspects of personal safety, such as drugs, sex and relationships education, and personal health.

What will I study?

Year 8

The principal aim of Beliefs and Values in Year 8 is to engage students in systematic enquiry into human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise various responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. Students are taught knowledge, skills and understanding through learning about Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews and Hindus. They also encounter non-religious worldviews such as Humanism. 

The four key questions covered in Year 8 are:

  • Does religion help people to be good?
  • What difference does it make to believe in.....?
  • How can people express the spiritual through music and art?
  • Is death the end? Does it matter?

Year 9

Crime and Punishment
  • Is punishment effective?
  • Religious beliefs
  • The death penalty
  • What is a crime?
  • Why do we punish?
Drugs and Alcohol
  • Dangers and effects
  • Most common drugs
  • The law
  • The role of the media
  • Safety
Life After Death
  • Abortion
  • Beliefs in life after death
  • Euthanasia
  • Religious beliefs
Sex and Relationships
  • Dangers of sexting
  • Healthy relationships
  • Personal health awareness
  • Risky behaviour
  • Safe sex
  • STIs
  • Understanding gender

Year 10

Marriage and Family
  • Family life
  • Family units
  • Marriage and divorce
Environment and Medical Ethics
  • Fertility and infertility
  • Genetic engineering
  • Global warming
  • Pollution
  • Religious beliefs
  • Stewardsip
  • Transparent surgery
Rights and Responsibilities / Equality & Diversity
  • Conscience
  • Democratic processes
  • Human Rights
  • Morals
  • Situation ethics
  • Unanswered prayer

What career could I have with a qualification in Beliefs and Values?

What can I study with a Beliefs and Values qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Teacher Training

What career could I have with a Beliefs and Values qualification?

Careers which require an Beliefs and Values qualification include:
  • Charity Fundraiser
  • Counsellor
  • Lawyer
  • Philosopher
  • Politician
  • Teacher