A basic understanding of world religions is indispensable knowledge for anyone functioning within a contemporary, multicultural society.  Our RE syllabus ensures pupils acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development. The modern world needs young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.

Religious Studies aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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. Pupils 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.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Journey of life- Who am I? Rites of Passage.
  • Sikhism – Key Sikh beliefs, teachings and practices
  • Planet Earth – Stewardship
  • Phenomena – Aliens, magic, superstition, fairies, angels and miracles
  • Religious Rebels – Jesus, Muhammed, Gandhi, Bonhoeffer, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King
  • Religion and the Media – Representation of religion in the news, soaps, music, radio and on TV
  • Life of Jesus, Easter, celebrating Easter, resurrection and resurrection through art


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Key beliefs in Christianity
  • Jesus Christ and salvation
  • Key beliefs in Islam
  • Sources of  Authority in Islam
  • Worship in Christianity
  • The role of the church
  • Worship in Islam
  • Duties and Festivals in Islam
  • Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 1
  • Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 2
  • Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 3
  • Religion, philosophy and ethics theme 4
  • Revision for exams

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Religious Studies (8062)

Enrichment Offer

The Department has strong links with ’Birmingham City Mission’ who provide a range of workshops and assemblies. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.