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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S5-6 Religious Education

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.



This course consists of three mandatory units.

The World Religion - Christianity

Morality and Belief  - Religion and Justice, specifically Crime and Punishment

The Religious and Philosophical Questions - the Problem of Suffering and Evil


How this course can help you

Candidates who gain a course award will be in an ideal position to continue their studies of religious, moral and/or philosophical issues in Further or Higher Education Institutions. Those who choose to progress to study alternative subjects will also benefit: developing the skills of critical thinking, analysis and evaluation is an important part of the Higher Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Course and these skills are of relevance in a wide variety of subject areas. All candidates will also be in an ideal position to develop as mature members of society who can contribute from a position of understanding, tolerance and respect for others.  


Criteria for Progression to the Next Level of Certification

Pupils who gain a Higher Pass in S5 or are taking Higher English in S5 can sit Higher RMPS in S5/6.

Pupils who gain a Higher RMPS A or B pass in S5 can progress to Advanced Higher in S6 or continue with studies in social subjects, religion, ethics or philosophy in Further or Higher Education.


A portfolio approach is undertaken over the course of the year whereby key pieces of work are retained as evidence of meeting assessment criteria.

Final examination worth 100% of overall mark.

 Expectations of the department

In Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies, pupils will be expected to put the maximum amount of effort into their work at all times. There will be a considerable amount of homework to ensure all aspects of the course are covered. Pupils will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and if any course work is missed through absence, pupils must ensure that they catch up on their return. There will also be an expectation that pupils will take time to review and edit their own work before submitting it to the class teacher. Pupils will have the opportunity to give feedback on individual units of work.

Additional Award

Pupils in S6 may also work towards gaining the CARITAS award, which is about putting one’s faith into action. This award is open to pupils of all faiths.