Religious Studies

Religious Studies aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds.

Religious Studies equips pupils to meet the circumstances of living in modern society, and become good citizens. It promotes a sympathetic understanding of religions, including both those that are locally represented and those which have been formative in the lives of people in the history of the world. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Through Religious Studies, pupils gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • The Island
  • Judaism: Beliefs and Practices
  • Islam: Beliefs and Practices
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • World Faiths and Humanist tradition
  • Belief in God
  • War and Peace
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Animal Rights
  • Being a Muslim in Britain
  • Christianity
  • World Faiths and Humanist tradition


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Islam:
    • Key Beliefs
    • Authority
    • Worship
    • Duties and Festivals
  • Judaism:
    • Key Beliefs
    • The Covenant and Mitzvot
    • Synagogue and Worship
    • Family Life and Festivals
  • Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies:
    • Relationships and Families
    • Religion and Life Religion, Peace and Conflict
    • Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • Religion
    • Religious figures and sacred texts
    • Religious concepts
    • Religious life
    • Religious practices that shape religious identity
  • Philosophy
    • Arguments for the existence of God-inductive
    • Arguments for the existence of God-deductive
    • Challenges to religious belief
    • Religious experience (part 1)
  • Ethics
    • Ethical thought
    • Aquinas Natural Law – a religious approach to ethics
    • Situation ethics – a religious approach to ethics
    • Utilitarianism – a non religious approach to ethics
This qualification is not offered to Year 11 pupils. Pupils sit their GCSEs at the end of Year 10.

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (8062)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits to places of worship for all major world religions throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.