Religious Education

The Religion and Life ATAR course is organised into a Year 11 syllabus and a Year 12 syllabus.  The cognitive complexity of the syllabus content increases from Year 11 to Year 12.  The Year 12 syllabus is divided into Units 3 and 4 which are delivered as a pair. The notional time for the pair of units is 110 class contact hours. 

The Religion and Life ATAR course is designed to facilitate achievement of the following outcomes.

Outcome 1 – The Nature of Religion

Students understand that many people find meaning and purpose in life through religion.  In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand that people search for meaning and purpose in life
  • understand that religion provides meaning and purpose in people’s lives
  • understand that there is diversity in religious structures and processes.

Outcome 2 – The Influence of Religion

Students understand the role religion plays in the lives of individuals and in society.  In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand that religion and society interact and influence each other
  • understand that events or issues in history have influenced the interaction between religion and society
  • understand that current issues in society involve an interplay between religion and society.

Outcome 3 – Religious Inquiry Skills

Students use religious inquiry and learning skills to investigate their understandings of the interplay between religion and life.  In achieving this outcome, students:

  • develop and use a religious vocabulary
  • conduct research that incorporates planning, processing, synthesizing and communicating relevant findings
  • analyse and use sources
  • evaluate different points of view
  • communicate effectively.

Prerequisite:  C grade or higher in Year 11 Religion and Life – ATAR

The Religion and Life General course is organised into a Year 11 syllabus and a Year 12 syllabus.  The cognitive complexity of the syllabus content increases from Year 11 to Year 12.  The Year 12 syllabus is divided into Units 3 and 4 which are delivered as a pair. The notional time for the pair of units is 110 class contact hours.  The Religion and Life General course is designed to facilitate achievement of the following outcomes.

Outcome 1 – The Nature of Religion

Students understand that many people find meaning and purpose in life through religion.  In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand that people search for meaning and purpose in life
  • understand that religion provides meaning and purpose in people’s lives
  • understand that there is diversity in religious structures and processes.

Outcome 2 – The Influence of Religion

Students understand the role religion plays in the lives of individuals and in society.  In achieving this outcome, students:

  • understand that religion and society interact and influence each other
  • understand that events or issues in history have influenced the interaction between religion and society
  • understand that current issues in society involve an interaction between religion and society.

Outcome 3 – Religious Inquiry Skills

Students use religious inquiry and learning skills to investigate their understandings of religion and life.  In achieving this outcome, students:

  • develop and use a religious vocabulary
  • conduct research that incorporates planning, processing, synthesising and communicating relevant findings
  • analyse and use sources
  • evaluate different points of view
  • communicate effectively.

 Prerequisite: Students will have completed the Religion and Life General course Units 1 and 2 in Year 11.

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