S3 RMPS (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies)

Staff – Ms C Thomson

  •  The S3 RMPS elective allows pupils to cover level 4 experiences and outcomes in greater depth, building upon their education in S1/2. It allows pupils to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work whilst experiencing challenge and success.
  •  RMPS in S3 also provides a strong platform for later learning and for successful transition to qualifications at the right level for all pupils.Pupils will experience a wide range of activities throughout the course and will focus on the following 3 key aspects:

1. Learning about and evaluating religion:
An in depth study of one of the world’s six major faiths. This covers the beliefs, philosophies and practices of the religion. This includes such areas Nibanna, Kamma and the impact such beliefs have on a Buddhist’s life. An examination of the challenge of Buddhist ideas on society will also be covered.

2. Questioning Morality:
After an introduction to moral philosophies such as Utilitarianism, students study the morality of conflict. Areas included are the causes of conflict and war, the impact of war and the moral conduct of war. Religious and non-religious approaches to war are investigated and evaluated.

3. Philosophical Inquiry :
Learners objectively examine arguments about the existence of suffering and evil. Arguments include the Freewill Defence Argument and the Inconsistent Triad. The works of prominent figures such as St Thomas Aquinas and Richard Dawkins are analysed and evaluated.

Throughout each aspect pupils will evaluate performance, Identify development needs, plan and implement a programme of work for improvement. Pupils will then be fully prepared for the transition to the senior phase.

Progression Pathways in RMPS

The S3 RMPS elective offers numerous progression pathways into the senior phase. Most pupils would follow a pathway which would allow them to pursue National RMPS in S4 and progress to National 5 or Higher RMPS in S5; however there are several flexible routes to cater for all learners.

RMPS Pathway