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Religious Studies

Course description 

Religious Studies is a cultural important subject that develops students skills and understanding of the multicultural world in which they live. In KS3 students have the opportunity to learn about the 6 main religions through a philosophy and ethics based course. As well as developing student’s moral compasses during their time in RS we also develop their social skills within PSHE elements of study.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7 & 8

Year 7

  • An introduction to RE and world religions.
  • Identity and relationships
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Islam
  • Identity and Community
  • Sikhism 

Year 8

  • Health and Drugs
  • Good and Evil
  • Identity and community
  • What are beliefs
  • Relationships
  • Science and Religion

Assessing Progress

Students are assessed at least every half term through a variety of tasks and an end of unit exam.

Key Stage 4 

Years 9, 10 & 11

Students will study and prepare for the GCSE examinations to be sat at the end of year 11.

GCSE Course Title:  Religious Studies A

Examination Board:  AQA

Paper 1        Religious Beliefs        1 hour 45min
Paper 2        Thematic Studies       1 hour 45min

Paper 1: Beliefs and practices of the Christian faith and beliefs and practices of the Buddhist faith.

Paper 2: 4 Thematic studies.

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout year 10 and 11 at least half termly and take the form of tests and practise examinations.  There will be a formal Mock examination period during Autumn 2 in year 11. 


There will be homework tasks assigned on Doddle that students will need to complete.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the time frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is one of the criteria for qualifying for the termly Rewards Trip.


Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.


All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning.

Career Opportunities

Religious Studies can be the door way to a variety of different careers, from medicine to business to social work the possibilities truly are endless.