Religious Studies

Key Stage 3


Students are introduced to the subject of RE by exploring the question, ‘What does RE mean to me?’ In this first module they are encouraged to look at issues of belief and diversity. They are then taught how to look for references in a Bible and explore how the Bible is useful to Christians.

During Year 7, students study Judaism, the life of Jesus and religion in literature. Students are encouraged to look for the allegorical meaning in the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In the final half term, students explore the idea of what it means to be a hero/heroine.


Students in Year 8 and encouraged to make comparisons between different world faiths such as Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. They explore the origins of these religions and the fundamental beliefs. In the final term, students explore how religion affects and is portrayed in Britain today. They are encouraged to ask and consider the big questions that affect society.


Students in Year 9 start the year by studying Judaism and Buddhism. They are encouraged to examine their own beliefs and values in light of the religions they have studied. In the second half of the year, the course evolves to look at ethical issues in preparation for Key Stage 4. Students study Christian Values, Religion verses science, Morality and Crime and Punishment. Higher ability students will explore the basis ideas in philosophy.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Religious Studies


Subject Leader:

Mr Sloan


Exam Specification:

Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies B1RB0

QN Code:




Summary of course content

There are two exams of 1 hour and 45 minutes duration based on each religion studied.

Christianity Belief and Ethics: Paper 1

Christian Beliefs

Marriage and the Family

Living the Christian Life

Matters of Life and Death

Islam: Peace and Conflict: Paper 2

Belief in God

Crime and Punishment

Living the Religious Life

Peace and Conflict


Paper 1: 1 hour and 45 minutes (50% of total grade)

Paper 2: 1 hour and 45 minutes (50% of total grade)

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Text and source analysis

Research task to further understanding

Discussions in large and small groups

Evaluation of current news stories

Practice exam questions

Critical analysis of religious texts

Forming opinions and making judgements

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Tasks in line with GCSE questions

Research task to further understanding

Evaluation of current news stories

Practice exam questions

Critical analysis of religious scripts

Revision tasks such as mindmaps

How will it help me in the future?

Work in public services.

Law, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology A levels.

Transferable skills such as:

Understanding people and other perspectives

Writing skills

Critical analysis

Ability to communicate opinions

Logical thought processes

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

In Year 9 you have studied Christian beliefs. This topic forms a base for the first topic studied in GCSE which is Christian beliefs.

The unit entitled ‘A Right Way to Live’, which is studied in Year 9, will help you to understand the importance of using sources of authority in your answers.

Religion and Science links to the difference between a humanist and religious perspective and also works as a base for understanding religious beliefs about creation.

All Year 9 assessments are structured in the new GCSE format.

What skills will I develop?

Understanding different perspectives

Sustained writing skills

Critical analysis

Source analysis

Communication skills: verbal and written