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Religious Education

Our team of experienced and inspirational teachers delivers an engaging curriculum studying a range of issues that are relevant to the 21st Century.  Throughout the curriculum we study Christian teachings linked to each topic.  We cover Islam as our second ‘world’ religion.  We also study humanist viewpoints and arguments to create a balance of ideas.  Through key stages 3 and 4 we build up our students’ skills to enable them understand, explain, discuss and evaluate issues from a range of different peoples’ perspectives.

For each topic in KS3 students will be given a homework booklet to work through, with tasks designed to complement what is studied in class.  At KS4 students will be given a homework task each week to enrich and consolidate their learning.

Equipment is needed in all lessons, students are expected to ensure they have a pen, pencil and ruler at all times.


Yr 7

In year 7 we introduce some of the basic religious teachings and beliefs.  We focus on Christianity and Islam as these are the two world religions that we will go on to study at GCSE level.

Yr 8

Topics studied are:

  • Religion Leicester and Me
  • Religious Buildings
  • Religious Expression and Celebration
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • ‘Good and Evil’


We follow the WJEC B exam specification

The GCSE curriculum consists of two units, which each contain four different modules.

For each module studied we will study Christian views, Islamic views and an alternative society view.

Unit 1:  Religion and Life Issues (worth 50% of the GCSE:  1 hour 45 minute exam)

  • Our World

We study different opinions from society and religion about the origins of the universe and are responsibilities as human beings to look after the planet.

  • Is It Fair?

This module explores issues of injustice and inequality in the world.  In particular we discuss prejudice and discrimination.

  • Looking for Meaning

We study different views about God and how religious believers experience and respond to God.  This module also discusses different beliefs about the afterlife.

  • Relationships

We cover a range of topics; from love, family life, sexuality, marriage and divorce.  We also learn about traditional Christian and Islamic wedding ceremonies.

Unit 2:  Religion and Human Experience (worth 50% of the GCSE:  1 hour 45 minute exam)

  • Religion and Medicine

This module looks at the morality of medical practices from different perspectives.  Topics covered include doctors’ responsibilities, euthanasia, In Vitro Fertilisation and abortion.

  • Religion and Conflict

We study attitudes to war and conflict. We focus on both historic conflicts as well as trying to apply our knowledge to understand conflicts happening in the present day.

  • Religion and State

We examine similarities and differences in the opinions of the government in comparison with religion and what religious texts teach.  Main topics we focus on are human rights, justice, punishment and capital punishment.

  • Religious Expression

We learn about how faith is put into action through charity work, evangelism, worship as well pilgrimage.

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