The RME Course in S1, S2 and S3
From S1 until the end of S3, all pupils will experience a broad general education where they will work across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.
In S1 and S2, all pupils attend the RME department for one period every week and have the opportunity to actively participate in researching topics such as 'Who am I?', 'Street Children', 'What is Religion?' and an overview of several major world religions.
In S3, all pupils have one period of RME each week. In this course, we try to make sense of the modern world that we live in by exploring our beliefs and those of the people around us. We also look at the reasons people give for their behaviour. Pupils will learn to give reasons for their opinions in clear, relevant and factual ways. Topics such as Making Moral Decisions, Capital Punishment, and The Holocaust are just some of the areas of controversy that we will research and debate.
Pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Fourth Level. The course prepares pupils for qualifications in RMPS at National 4 and National 5 in S4.
RME courses in S4, S5 and S6
In the Senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6.
In S4, pupils can choose to take a course in the RME department. Each course gets three periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S4 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the RME department in S4 lead to awards in:
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) at National 3, National 4 and National 5 levels
- Psychology at National 5 level.
In S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the RME department. Each course takes five periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the RME department in S5 and S6 lead to awards in:
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies at National 4, National 5, Higher and (where demand exists) Advanced Higher levels. This course comprises three units:
- Morality in the Modern World
- Christianity: Belief and Science
- Philosophy at National 5 and Higher levels. This course comprises four units:
- Critical thinking: how to recognise arguments and evaluate good argument from bad ones.
- Metaphysics: Is there a rational basis for belief in god. This unit looks at the various philosophical arguments put forward for the existence of God and the Agnostic argument.
- Epistemology: the study of knowledge - can we ever claim to know anything. Looking at the various ways in which we can claim to have knowledge and how this is discussed in the writings of the famous French philosopher Rene Descartes.
- Moral Philosophy: Two major philosophical theories are presented, Utilitarian and Kantian ethics, and these are used to illustrate how people make moral decision.
- Psychology at National 5 and Higher levels.
- S5/6 pupils can also choose to take one extra period per week of RME as part of the Global Events team in Peak Performance.