As a Catholic school, it is essential that we reaffirm our faith and all that it stands for. Opportunities are provided for our pupils to reflect, underpinned by a knowledge of the sacraments, worship, prayer and practice within the Church. RE provokes 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. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7

  1. Heroes and Heroines
  2. I am part of a Roman Catholic Community
  3. Who is Jesus
  4. Sacred scripture
  5. Easter people
  6. Islam -The Muslim way of life

Year 8

  1. Celebrating  Communities
  2. One and Holy
  3. The People of God
  4. Mission
  5. Love One Another
  6. Hinduism - The Hindu way of life

Year 9

Begin the GCSE course, as outlined.
In the summer term, they complete a unit on relationships "Chosen by God"

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

AQA GCSE Religious Studies
There is no coursework. The assessment consists of two written examination papers at the end of Year 11, as outlined below:
Paper 1: Catholic Christianity - 50% of exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
Paper 2: Perspectives on Faith - 50% of exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
Component 1: Catholic Christianity

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption
  • Church
  • Eschatology

Component 2: Perspectives on Faith:

  • Judaism:
  • Beliefs, teachings and practices

Philosophy and Ethics:

  • Religion, relationships and families
  • Religion, human rights and social justice

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

OCR A Level Religious Studies - Units: Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought
Examinations - 3 x 2 hour papers at the end of the two year A Level course.
Topics covered include:
Philosophy: Ancient Greek influences on the philosophy of religion, Plato, Aristotle, Classical Arguments for the Existence of God, the problem of evil, and Religion & science. Also, life after death and religious language.
Ethics: Ethical theories such as Kant, Utilitarianism and Natural Moral Law, as applied to issues such as Medical Ethics, Business Ethics and Sexual Ethics. Also, the study of Conscience, Freewill and Determinism.
Developments in Christian Thought: Human Nature, Death and the Afterlife, Knowledge of God’s Existence, Christian Moral principles and actions, Gender and Theology and the Challenge of Secularism