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.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8
  • Origins of the Universe – Creation stories and theories
  • The Environment and Stewardship – environmental problems and the duty of Christians
  • Judaism – Beliefs, history, lifestyle – including kosher food laws and festivals
  • Islam – Beliefs, lifestyle, worship and festivals.
  • Worship – holy books and places of worship
  • Life of Jesus – from birth to death, resurrection and influence today
  • Prejudice and Discrimination – including the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr and the Good Samaritan
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation – the role of Christianity and modern day examples
  • Hinduism – Beliefs, lifestyle, worship and festivals
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • 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
N/A – pupils complete GCSE RE in Year 10


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