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Religious Studies

Course description 

Religious Studies has an important role in preparing students for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables students to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables students to combat prejudice. Religious Studies actively promotes the values of truth, justice, respect for all and care for the environment.

This programme of study challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and how to communicate their responses.

British Values are studied explicitly with religious and non-religious concepts across KS3. Lessons aim to foster mutual respect through structured debate and discussion. Students are encouraged to question and explore sensitive and controversial issues, whilst maintaining tolerance and respect for the views and beliefs of others.

Much of the RS curriculum is focused on understanding beliefs and world-wide views of different people all over the world and through understanding, true tolerance develops. Students will be required to hold debate, explain their own views and the views of others clearly, this builds resilience of character and conviction. Students also develop self-esteem through debate

Students are encouraged to consider the philosophical religious foundations on which concepts of democracy and liberty are built.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

Students in Year 7 study the history of God, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian denominations, upbringing and morals and ethics.

Year 8

In Year 8 students study the arguments for and against the existence of God, ideologies, conflict, life, death and birth, Islam and morals and ethics.

Year 9

In Year 9 students study religious experiences, learning from nature, science vs religion, parable, globalization and humanism.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA specification for Religious Studies. GCSE Religious Studies aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs. It will develop students’ ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject and will provide opportunities for students to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. It challenges students to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in society and global community.

The course is broken into two sections:

Section 1 covers Religion and Ethics.

This area of study comprises a study in depth of Christianity, its beliefs and teachings on life specifically within families and with regard to matters of life and death. This approach encourages students to reflect upon the links between beliefs and teachings of Christianity and the topics of families and matters of life and death which are an important part of life today.

Section 2 covers Religion, Peace and Conflict.

This area of study comprises a study in depth of Islam, its beliefs and teachings on life specifically about the issues of peace and conflict, and crime and punishment. This approach encourages students to reflect upon the links between beliefs and teachings of Islam and the issues of peace and conflict, and crime and punishment which are part of life today. Students will be expected to study Islam within


As students will be frequently tested using past exam papers on previous topics in order to develop their exam technique and assess progress students will be required to complete revisions and research that builds upon their prior learning.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

Employers especially the police, armed forces, journalism, broadcasting and caring professions) hold a GCSE Religious Studies qualification in high regard. People who work in a wide variety of environments need to consider a range of ethical issues and with the practicalities of the issues that are explored in GCSE Religious Studies.