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Religious Education

Religious Education is a core subject in The King's Hospital for Forms 1,2 and 3 culminating in the Junior Certificate examination. The subject is offered as a option for the Leaving Certificate programme in the school.

The aim of Junior Certificate religious education is to provide students with a framework for encountering and engaging with the variety of religious traditions in Ireland and elsewhere.

The syllabus is built around a framework of knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes.

Such a framework would also prepare students for the Leaving Certificate course in religious education.

Junior Certificate religious education may be studied at Ordinary or Higher level.

The course consists of two parts:

Part 1

Students take any two of the following:

  • Section A - Communities of Faith
  • Section B - Foundations of Religion - Christianity
  • Section C - Foundations of Religion - Major World Religions

Part 2

Students take all of the following:

  • Section D - The Question of Faith
  • Section E - The Celebration of Faith
  • Section F - The Moral Challenge

Junior Certificate religious education is assessed at Ordinary and Higher Level. There are two assessment components - the Examination paper and Journal work.

The Junior Certificate religious education syllabus was introduced in 2000 and was examined for the first time in June 2003.

Religious education in the Leaving Certificate programme calls for the exploration of issues such as meaning and value, the nature of morality, the development of diversity and belief, the principles of a just society, and the implications of scientific progress. It has a particular role to play in the curriculum in the promotion of tolerance and mutual understanding. It seeks to develop in students the skills needed to engage in meaningful dialogue with those of other or of no religious traditions.

Leaving Certificate religious education can be studied at Ordinary or Higher level.

The course consists of three units.

Unit One

Section A - The search for meaning and values

Unit Two

Any two of:

  • Section B - Christianity : Origins and contemporary expressions
  • Section C - World religions
  • Section D - Moral decision-making

Unit Three

Any one of the following (excluding the two sections designated for coursework)

  • Section E - Religion and gender
  • Section F - Issues of justice and peace
  • Section G - Worship, prayer and ritual
  • Section H - The Bible: literature and sacred text
  • Section I - Religion: the Irish experience
  • Section J - Religion and science

Leaving Certificate religious education is assessed at Ordinary and Higher level. The State Examinations Commission issues a list of topics for coursework at the beginning of each academic year.

The Leaving Certificate religious education syllabus was introduced in September 2003 and was examined for the first time in June 2005.

Religious Education Department

Reverend Peter Campion, MPhil, MA (TCD), BA (Bishops, Canada), PCGE (Canada)

Yvonne Duggan, BComm, HDipEd (NUI), BSc (Hons) (Middlesex)

Kenneth Mulryan, BA (Hons), PGDE (NUI)

  • King's Hospital Religious Education