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