Religious Studies

Religious Studies

What is it and why is it important?

The RS department invites students to consider complex ethical, philosophical and religious questions in a structured and intelligent way, promoting the appreciation of alternative and equally valid points of view.

In so doing, we encourage empathy, compassion, understanding and tolerance towards all religious traditions. 

Our lessons provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Through their study students develop their knowledge and understanding of how major world religions offer answers to these challenging questions. It also offers opportunities for personal reflection and their own spiritual development.

Our teaching encourages all students, religious and non-religious to express their views in an open and comfortable environment without prejudice or judgement. Discussion enables students to not only ask questions, but to share their knowledge and experiences with their peers, a very empowering experience for our young people.

Learning Content at Key Stage 3










Who am I and what makes us human?

Religious Experience

Religion and Science


The Sanctity of Life

The Nature and existence of God

Life after death


The Problem of Evil

Introduction to Ethics

War, Peace and Justice


Learning Content at Key Stage 4

KS4 GCSE Option (AQA Specification A Full Course – from September 2016)

Paper 1 – 50% of GCSE

Paper 2 -50% of GCSE

The Study of Religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices

Unit 1 – Christianity

Unit 2 – Islam

Thematic studies: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical studies units:

Theme A – Relationships and Families

Theme B – Religion and LIFE

Theme C – The existence of God and Revelation

Theme E – Religion, Crime and Punishment

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks (plus 5 marks for Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG))

Questions: The questions within each religion have a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 marks plus one 12 mark question.

Each religion is marked out of 48.


Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

96 marks (plus 5 marks for Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG))

Questions: Each unit has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.

Each unit is marked out of 24