Course Outline

The National courses aim to encourage pupils to develop a range of transferrable skills such as: investigation, research, questioning and analysis. The courses enable learners to investigate and explain religious, moral and philosophical questions and responses, make comparisons, and develop the ability to express detailed and reasoned views. Our courses challenge pupils to think about their own views, as well as the views of others in society.

The course begins with a SKILLS unit based on a variety of topics within the subject. This will help our students to develop the fundamental skills of our National courses such as: research, presentation, analysis, sources and different viewpoints...to name but a few.

World Religion - Hinduism
• Nature of God 
• Atman 
• Avidya 
• Krishna as an avatar of Vishnu 
• Stories about Krishna 
• Krishna and Arjuna 
• Karma 
• Samsara 
• Moksha 
• Dharma 
• Three Margas 
• Worship

Morality & Belief - Morality and Medicine
• The value of life: right to life, right to die, sanctity of life, personal autonomy 
• Use of embryos: reproductive, research, therapeutic 
• End-of-life care: palliative, hospice 
• Euthanasia and assisted dying: voluntary euthanasia, non-voluntary euthanasia, assisted dying provided by individuals or organisations

Religious & Philosophical Questions - Evil and Suffering
• Types of suffering and evil
• Explanations of suffering and evil
• Free will and responsibility  
• Determinism
• Natural causes
• Role of God
• Problems for beliefs about God
• Nature of God
• Challenge to the nature of God
• Challenge to the existence of God
• Theodicies  

Added Value Unit and Assignment - Personal Research


• One exam, 2 hours 20 minutes, 80 marks
• N5- Assignment, 1 hour, marked externally, 20 marks, worth 20% of overall mark 

National 4 has no external exam. Pupils will, however, have to pass all National 4 Unit Assessments as well as the ‘Added Value’ unit to gain an award. Pupils will receive a pass or fail for the year. 

Key Skills

Analysis, evaluation, using sources, extended writing, critical thinking, creativity, taking notes, research, planning, questioning, presentation, understanding different viewpoints and more.

Common Career/Study Paths

Social Subjects (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Social Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Criminology), Emergency Services (e.g. Medicine, Police & Prison Services, Fire Service), Social Work, Education, Journalism and the Media, Law etc.