Religious Studies

Religious Studies aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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. Pupils 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. Key to RS is the development of skills needed to form and express constructive opinions and arguments and to appreciate and respect the views and ideas of others.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8
  • The Island – What role does religion play in society and why is it a crucial element in the lives of so many?
  • Judaism – What does it mean to be Jewish in the modern world and in the UK? What are the beliefs and practices of the Jewish people?
  • Islam – What does it mean to be Muslim in the UK and the wider world? What are the core beliefs and practices of Islam? What are the issues facing Muslims in the local community?
  • Sikhi – What does it mean to be a Sikh in the UK and the modern world? What beliefs and practices underpin the faith and what part do Sikhs play in modern society?
  • Buddhism – What does it mean to be a Buddhist today? What are the key Buddhist beliefs and practices? Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

  • Inspirational leaders – religion plays a vital role in society and world affairs. Who are some of the most inspirational religious leaders who have shaped the modern world? From Muhammad Ali to Rosa Parks via Stormzy and Hugo Gryn, how has religion shaped these inspirational figures

  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation – the role of Christianity in forgiveness, peace and reconciliation? What are some examples of this?

  • Hinduism – What does it mean to be a Hindu in the UK and the wider world? What are some of the core beliefs of Hinduism?


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Philosophy and the Big Questions – Does God exist? Why do so many believe God is real? Why do so many believe he does not? Why does evil exist?
  • Prejudice and Discrimination – including the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr, Black Lives Matter, and the Good Samaritan
  • Stewardship and the climate crisis – why do religions have so much to say about the environment? How will religions play a vital role in the challenges of the climate crisis?
  • War, what is it good for? Is religion really the root of all war or does religion have a vital role to play and achieving and maintaining peace in the world?
  • Religion and equality – Does religion work for equality or does it create inequality in society? 
  • Christian beliefs
  • Christian practices
  • Islamic beliefs
  • Islamic practices
  • Theme B: Religion and Life
  • Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment
  • Theme F: Human Rights and Social Justice

Exam focused sessions and revision in preparation for the final exams


Internal assessments take place every half-term.

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

Enrichment Offer

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

Useful Resources and Revision Support