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Religious Education

Church Altar


Mrs L Best BTh MTh PGCE (Head of Department)

Mr A Macdonald BA PGCE

Why Study Religious Studies?


The study of religion and the philosophical questions that follow contributes to students' understanding of the culture in which they find themselves. It creates a positive environment for pupils to reflect upon their own attitudes, the attitudes of others and the deeper questions of life.


Furthermore, as an academic discipline it enhances the analytic and critical skills needed for further academic study in the field of humanities.

What Do We Study?

Key Stage 3


Year 8

- The Bible, God and Me
- Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
- Judaism

Year 9

- Life at the time of Jesus
- The Ministry of Jesus
- The Passion Narrative
- The Early Church
- Islam

Year 10

Students will begin their GCSE study.

Key Stage 4


Students will study Units 6 and 7 from the CCEA Religious Studies Specification. Each of these modules will contribute to 50% of the final Full Course GCSE Grade.

Unit 6 - An Introduction to Christian Ethics includes:

- Personal and Family Issues
- Matters of Life and Death
- Bioethics
- Contemporary Issues in Christianity
- Modern Warfare

Unit 7 - An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion includes:

- The Existence of God
- The Nature of God
- Evil and Suffering
- Experiencing God
- Life After Death

Key Stage 5


Students will study Units 2 and 7 from the CCEA Religious Studies Specification. The AS units make up 40% of the full A Level and the A2 Units make up 60%.

AS Level: An Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles (AS2) and Foundations in Ethics with Special Reference to Issues in Medical Ethics (AS7).

A2 Level: Themes in Selected Letters of St Paul (A22) and Global Ethics (A27).

The purpose of all religious traditions is to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.

- Dalai Lama

Career Options

Studying Religious Studies open various Career Opportunities:


- Journalism.
- Youth worker.
- Advice worker.
- Editorial assistant.
- Charity worker (NGO).
- Social worker.
- Counselling.
- Teaching.

With the introduction of 'Ethics' modules, Religious Studies complements STEM subjects and career choices as well as those linked to humanities.

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