Religious Studies aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds. Religious Studies equips pupils to meet the circumstances of living in modern society, and become good citizens. It promotes a sympathetic understanding of religions, including both those that are locally represented and those which have been formative in the lives of people in the history of the world. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Through Religious Studies, pupils gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.
Religious Studies at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
  • Judaism – Why are Jews God’s chosen people?
  • Christianity – Why is Jesus’ birth important to
  • Islam – What is the Ummah?
  • Christianity – Who was Jesus?
  • Sikhism – What is the Langar?
  • Christianity – Why did Christianity spread?
  • Christianity – What made Jesus special?
  • Philosophy – Is there life after death?
  • Buddhism – Why is the Buddha important?
  • Philosophy – Does God exist?
  • Hinduism – What do Hindus believe?
  • Islam – Why is obedience important to Muslims?

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

Religious Studies at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Christianity 1a – Beliefs: Nature of God, life after death, creation
  • Christianity 1b – Beliefs: Jesus
  • Christianity 1c – Practices
  • Islam 1a – Beliefs: Tawhid, angels, life after death, free will
  • Islam 1b – Beliefs: Prophets, holy books
  • Islam 1c – Practices
  • Relationships and Families: Marriage, divorce, families,
    same-sex relationships, sex
  • Religion and Life: Creation, stewardship, dominion, abortion
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict – War, terrorism, conflict
  • The existence of God and Revelation – Design argument,
    miracles, evil and suffering
  • Revision for exams

Examination Board: AQA

Paper 1A: The Study of Religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and
    grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Pupils must answer questions on two specified religions
    (Christianity and Islam).
  • Two compulsory five-part questions are set on each
Paper 2A: Thematic Studies
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and
    grammar (SPaG))
  • 50% of GCSE
Pupils must answer a compulsory five-part question on four
separate religious, philosophical and ethical studies

  • Theme A: Relationships and Families.
  • Theme B: Religion and Life.
  • Theme C: The Existence of God and Revelation.
  • Theme D: Religion, Peace and Conflict.
Enrichment Offer

The Department runs a number of enrichment clubs, including a Young Philosophers’ Club and NATRE Spirited Arts Group. At KS4 we run a Generation Global club which links pupils all over the world in dialogue around issues of faith, identity and community, via blogging, forums and video conferences within the safe online area. The Department also collaborates with the Music Department in co-ordinating the Christmas Carol Service and Easter Service at St Christopher’s Church.

During curriculum time, we also run a number of visits to various places of worship in the North West, and invite faith representatives from the local community in to the Academy to discuss issues of faith and identity in our multicultural society. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support