The Higher course aims to build on the transferrable skills which candidates developed in the National qualification. During this year, we focus specifically on analysis and evaluation skills. Our course challenges pupils to develop their extended writing skills and learn to construct timed exam essays. The content of the Higher course is demanding and requires students to critically analyse and investigate the religious, moral and philosophical questions and issues which stem from our studies. The course consists of weekly homework and there is an expectation that students will work outside of class to develop their knowledge and understanding. There is a lot of thinking and writing in this course but it aims to prepare learners for life after school.
The course begins with a SKILLS unit based around the film, Dead Man Walking’ based on the book by Sister Prejean. This topic introduces the main themes raised in the first unit on Religion and Justice and Students are taught how to write evaluative essays, ensuring they have the relevant skills needed for success at Higher level.
World Religion- Buddhism
Morality & Belief- Morality and Justice
Religious & Philosophical Questions- Existence of God
Assignment- Personal Research
Students are assessed through a 2 hour 15 minute exam, and through the Added Value Unit.
Please note courses are subject to change.