Divinity and Religious Studies

Teaching in Divinity and Religious Studies includes learning about Christianity and other world religions, and supports the development of beliefs and values. This also includes aspects of philosophical enquiry.

Religion is a significant area of human experience. As such, it is worthy of study by pupils so that they can have some understanding of one of the prime motivating factors behind human behaviour, both individual and social. Learning and Teaching Scotland

Glenalmond is a foundation of the Scottish Episcopal Church but welcomes pupils of all faith backgrounds. Recognising the history and traditions of the College, aspects of Episcopalian belief and practice are explored in the classroom, alongside other Christian and non-Christian traditions.

Curriculum

Second - Fourth Form

The intention of the Divinity curriculum is to enable pupils to:

  • develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world religions and recognise religion as an important expression of human experience
  • explore moral values such as wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity
  • investigate and understand the responses which religions can offer to questions about the nature and meaning of life
  • develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking, and deciding how to act when making moral decisions
  • develop their beliefs, attitudes, moral values and practices through personal search, discovery and critical evaluation, and make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action.

In an attempt to achieve this, the sub-Sixth Form curriculum seeks to engage pupils through the following:

Second Form: The Old Testament; The New Testament; People & Issues; Spirituality in World Religions

Third Form: Christianity: Beliefs & Sources of Authority; Commitment & Membership; Places of Worship; a very gentle introduction to Philosophy

Fourth Form: Christianity: Pilgrimage; Worship; Holy Communion; Festivals; a gentle introduction to Philosophy; Applied Ethics: The Sanctity of Life

Fifth Form: Ethics: Christianity: Ethics: The Use of Medical Technology; Personal Responsibility; Social Responsibility; Religion & Cinema

The sub-Sixth Form curriculum is subject to ongoing active review and development. Much of the study is based on units from a GCSE Religious Studies curriculum although pupils are not presented for the GCSE examination.

A LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The new A’ Level Specification being followed by pupils in the Department is offered by AQA. The three areas of primary study are Philosophy, Ethics and a Study of Religions & Dialogues (Christianity).

Recognising that all pupils attend a Divinity lesson as part of their fortnightly timetable from Second Form until the end of Fifth Form, we aim to make the teaching and learning environment as enjoyable and as relevant as possible. In addition to establishing some of the basic beliefs of Christianity (alongside other major World Religions), there is a particular focus on applying religious and philosophical principles to real-life ethical problems. Consequently, there is a high level of pupil participation in every lesson as pupils are challenged to question and justify their beliefs and opinons.

The Rev’d Giles Dove MA (Hons), MPhil, BD, FRSA, FSAScot

Head of Department of Divinity & Religious Studies