Religious Education

Religious Education Curriculum Vision

Religious Education at All Saints 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 students’ knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief including Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and world views that offer answers to these challenging questions.

It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

P Loftus

P Loftus

Director of Religious Education

KS3 Religious Education Curriculum

In KS3 Religious Education, our students study the following topics:

Year 7

  1. Preparing for Jesus
  2. Jesus the Messiah
  3. Jesus and the Church
  4. World religions: Hinduism

Year 8

  1. Christianity in Britain
  2. Religion in the world today and heroes of the faith
  3. Moral issues and the problem of evil
  4. Relationships and Sex Education is interspersed throughout the year at the end of each term

Year 9

  1. Beliefs in God
  2. Sacrifice and the Eucharist
  3. Life after death
  4. War and peace
  5. Wealth and poverty
  6. Relationships and Sex Education is interspersed throughout the year at the end of each term 
KS4 GCSE Religious Studies Curriculum

Exam board: Eduqas

In KS4 GCSE Religious Education, our students study the following topics:

Component 1: Foundational Catholic Theology (37.5% of GCSE)

Origins and Meanings

  1. Beliefs: Creation 
  2. Sources: The Bible
  3. Forms: Painting and symbolism
  4. Practices: Loving and serving in Catholic communities in Britain and elsewhere

Good and Evil

  1. Beliefs: Trinity and Incarnation
  2. Sources: Jesus and moral authority
  3. Forms: Sculpture and Statuary
  4. Practices: Popular devotion as practised in Catholic communities in Britain and elsewhere

Component 2: Applied Catholic Theology (37.5% of GCSE)

Life and Death

  1. Beliefs: Eschatology
  2. Sources: The Magisterium
  3. Forms: Artefacts, music and the funeral rite
  4. Practices: Prayer within Catholic communities in Britain and elsewhere

Sin and Forgiveness

  1. Beliefs: Redemption
  2. Sources: Church 
  3. Forms: Buildings
  4. Practices: Sacraments and mission and Evangelism in Britain and elsewhere

Component 3: Study of a World Faith: Judaism (25% of GCSE)

Beliefs and Teachings

  1. The nature of God
  2. Messiah (Mashiach)
  3. Covenant
  4. Life on earth
  5. The afterlife

Practices

  1. Worship: practices in Britain and elsewhere
  2. The Synagogue
  3. Rituals
  4. Daily life
  5. Festivals: practices in Britain and elsewhere

Useful websites

Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies Specification

GCSE BBC Bitesize Religious Studies

KS5 A Level Religious Studies Curriculum

Exam board: OCR

In KS5 A Level Religious Studies, our students study the following topics:

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion (33.3% of A Level)

  1. Philosophical language and thought
  2. The existence of God
  3. God and the world
  4. Theological and philosophical developments
  5. Religious language: negative, analogical or symbolic
  6. Religious language: twentieth century perspectives

Component 2: Religion and Ethics (33.3% of A Level)

  1. Normative ethical theories: religious approaches
  2. Normative ethical theories
  3. Applied ethics
  4. Ethical language: meta-ethics
  5. Significant ideas
  6. Developments in ethical thought

Component 3: Developments in Christian Thought (33.3% of A Level)

  1. Insight
  2. Foundations
  3. Living
  4. Development
  5. Society
  6. Challenges

Useful websites

OCR A Level Religious Studies Specification

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