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Religious Studies

Religious Studies is a core subject for all pupils. The aim of our curriculum is:

  • To develop pupil knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices.
  • To provide pupils with opportunities to explore some key philosophical and moral issues and reflect on their own beliefs and values.
  • To promote and encourage the British values of tolerance and respect.

As a department we firmly believe that our subject provides an opportunity for pupils to learn about and from religious traditions and beliefs, explore some deep philosophical questions, have an opportunity to begin reflecting on and articulating their own beliefs and values, whilst encouraging an understanding and level of respect towards different beliefs and cultures. 

All pupils study Religious Studies at both Key Stage 3 and 4, with all pupils starting the AQA GCSE course from the spring term of Year 9. At Key Stage 3 we aim to give pupils a varied curriculum that is interesting and challenging, whilst also building some important foundation knowledge ahead of the GCSE. The GCSE requires pupils to sit two exams; one on the study of religion (Christianity and Buddhism) and one on the study of four 'themes' looking at issues such as war, peace and relationships. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9):

Curriculum topics studied:

Year 7

  • An Introduction to Religion
  • Eastern Religions
  • Other Worldviews
  • Inspirational people

Year 8

  • Judaism and Jesus
  • Islam
  • Belief in God
  • Inspirational people
  • Philosophy and Ethics

Year 9

  • Christianity

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11): 

Curriculum topics studied:

Year 10

  • Relationships
  • Christianity
  • Religion and Life

Year 11

  • Religion and Conflict
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment

Key stage 5 (Years 12 and 13):

Curriculum topics studied:

  • Christianity
  • Philosophy and Ethics

Further information:

Please view the Religious Studies Curriculum Journey.