Religious Studies

Head of Dept: Mrs J Yeates

Staff in department

Mrs S Stewart, Mrs M Sandy, Mrs B Lowth, Miss A Hughes, Mr B Hughes, Mrs J Mills.

A Level

  • A level exam board: CCEA
Module% of AS or
A2 grade
How is it assessed?Module Title
AS Module 120%1 hour 20 min external written exam An introduction to the Gospel of Luke
AS Module 220%1 hour 20 min external written exam Foundations of Ethics with Special Reference to Issues in Medical Ethics
A2 Module 130%2 hour external written exam Themes in the Synoptic Gospels
A2 Module 230%2 hour external written exam Global Ethics


GCSE% of GCSE gradeHow is it assessed?Unit title
Unit 150% 1 hour 30 minute external written examAn Introduction to Christian Ethics
Unit 250% 1 hour 30 minute external written examChristianity through a study of the Gospel of Matthew
NB: In short course RE, one of the modules above will be studied over two years. This allows opportunity to achieve right up to an A* grade.

KS3: Brief topic overview

Year 8
In Year 8, students begin by exploring the impact that religion has had on our society and the values people can learn from religion. The first topic they study is what life was like in Bible times, followed by a Christmas project in which they design a Christmas card with religious significance. After Christmas Year 8 students study The Bible and its origins, and finish off the year thinking about who Jesus was.

Year 9
Year 9 begin the year with a group work project which explores different beliefs about creation. The topic of faith is then explored, thinking first about what faith is, followed by the different ways it is expressed around the world. The year is concluded through an exploration of the life of Moses which leads into a study of the religion of Judaism.

Year 10
In Year 10, we begin with a study of the life of Ruth, followed by a study of the religion of Islam. Students then have an opportunity to explore the concepts of forgiveness, love and judgement and the impact they have on moral and ethical decision making. The year is concluded by a study of the events surrounding the celebration of Easter.