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The aim of the Religious Studies Department is to educate and nurture in Faith, our young students so that they can become strong, moral faith filled women and take their place in society to become the women that God wanted them to be.

Academically the pursuit of knowledge and understanding in Religious Studies is rigorous. Students perform well at all key stages and enjoy an interfaith relationship within the Sixth Form in General Religious Studies. Students at Both KS3 and KS4 have 3 lessons per week and 6 lessons at KS5.

Key Stage Three

Using Core Text Books from the series ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’, students complete their KS3 Religious Studies in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Students work is assessed through a variety of means. Independent learning pursuits will also be enjoyed on a wide variety of researched based topics. Written, oral, class tests, peer assessments, group presentations, homework and internal end of year examinations will build a comprehensive picture of students as they cross each curriculum boundary. All studies are matched to and compliant with the New Curriculum Directory.

Students study three main areas. These are:

  • Learning about religion.
  • Learning from religion.
  • Reflection and contemplation.

Within these areas students learn about:

  • Beliefs, teaching and sources.
  • Celebration and ritual.
  • Social and moral practices and ways of life.
  • Engagement with their own and others’ beliefs and values.
  • Engagement with questions of meaning and purpose.

Year 7

  • The History of the School;
  • Canon Constant van Crombrugghe – Founder of The Daughters of Mary and Joseph; The Daughters of Mary and Joseph
  • Developing skills and knowledge of the Bible;
  • Revelation and faith – Abraham, David and Solomon;
  • God’s Promises fulfilled – exile, prophecy, the promise of the Messiah;
  • The Saviour – Jesus’ mission, moral teaching, role models of Christian living;
  • The foundation of the Christian Church – its beginnings, spread and persecution;
  • Sacraments – Baptism, Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick;

Year 8

  • Creation – God the creator, the story of Creation, different beliefs about Creation, made in the image of God, the Fall, stewardship
  • The Covenants – Noah, Abraham, Moses, Passover, exile, Ten Commandments, prophets, Jesus the New Covenant
  • Mystery of the Eucharist –Feeding the five thousand, Last Supper, sacrifice, celebrating the Mass
  • Paschal Mystery – Holy Week, celebrating the Holy Week today
  • The mission of the Church – What is the Church? – Jesus’ mission for the Church, living out the teaching of Jesus today, St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Islam

Year 9

  • Spiritual Quest- views on meaning, value and purpose, Victor Frankl, Religious Experience, ways people have sought and found God, the conversion of Saul, Natural Reason Cosmological and Teleological arguments simplified, Divine Revelation through the Bible, Prophets and Jesus, Mystery of the Trinity, the Problem of Suffering, Theodicy, The Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Hell and Heaven, Parables about Judgement, including Individual and Last Judgement
  • The Gospels: formation, origin, challenges, Gospel as inspired Word of God, St Matthew’s Gospel, Genealogy, Prophesies fulfilled, the Identity of Jesus in the Gospel of St Mark and Jesus’ call to discipleship, values and teaching of Jesus in St Luke’s Gospel, Christ’s mission in St Mark, St Luke and Catholic Social Teaching, the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of St John,  I Am sayings, The Kingdom of God and Kingdom of God parables, lives of those who have lived the Gospel message
  • Life in the Spirit- Lives transformed by the Holy Spirit – Pentecost, Acts, Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Sacrament of Confirmation and its importance, effects of the Holy Spirit, Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, case studies of lives transformed by the Holy Spirit.
  • God’s Call- Vocation, Sacrament of Marriage, Sacrament of Priesthood , Sacrament of Holy Orders, Vocation to Religious Life, Apostolic and Monastic Religious Life
  • Morality and Conscience- What ‘good’ means and moral dilemmas, Ten Commandments, Conscience and formation of Conscience, case studies: Oscar Romero and Irena Sendler, recent case studies of Conscience
  • Buddhism
Key Stage Four

Year 10

In Year 10 Religious Studies students will study Specification: AQA Religious Studies B Component 1: Catholic Christianity

AQA /Religious Studies B (8063)

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course in Year 11.

What is assessed?

Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

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

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) 50 % of GCSE
  • In each exam series, questions will be set on any four of the topics listed above.
  • Students must answer all the questions.
  • Each topic is marked out of 24 marks.
  • There will be one five-part question per topic of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
  • The 12 mark questions will require extended writing and test analysis and evaluation

Students will:

  • have opportunities to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life.
  • be challenged to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community
  • develop their ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith

Year 11

In Year 11 Religious Studies students will study Component 2: Perspectives on Faith

What’s assessed?

The beliefs, teachings and practices of Judaism and their basis in Jewish sources of wisdom and authority:

  • Key beliefs
  • Covenant and mitzvot
  • The synagogue and worship
  • Family life and festivals

And two religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes, chosen from:

Theme A: Religion, relationships and families

Theme B: Religion, peace and conflict

Theme C: Religion, human rights and social justice.

They must also study Christian and philosophical and ethical arguments and their impact and influence on the modern world.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) 50 % of GCSE
  • Section A:  Judaism:  Students must answer questions on one religion: Judaism.
  • There will be two five-part questions
  • Section B: Theme: Students must answer questions on two themes.
  • One question will be set on each theme. There will be five parts to each question.
  • In both Section A and B: each five-part question will be marked out of 24
  • Each group of five questions will follow the same structure of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks
  • The 12 mark questions will require extended writing and test analysis and evaluation

Students will:

  • be expected to show their understanding of religion through the application of teachings
  • understand the common and divergent views within Judaism in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed
  • understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies
  • apply knowledge and understanding in order to analyse questions related to religious beliefs and values
  • construct well-informed and balanced arguments on matters concerned with religious beliefs and values

The exam dates for the AQA Spec B for summer 2018 are:

Component 1 Catholic Christianity:   14th May 2018

Component 2 Perspectives of Faith   16th May 2018

Key Stage Five

The Religious Studies A- level course gives students the opportunity to study some of the fundamental questions which people have always asked about:

  • Why are we here?
  • How should we behave?
  • What happens to us when we die?
  • How do religious believes explain & explore their beliefs

OCR Oxford and Cambridge A level Religious Studies H573 This A level has a linear specification  

The course requires students to be enthusiastic, critical, empathetic yet disciplined and willing to pursue a course of academic rigour.

Religious Studies helps develop thinking and analytical skills, the ability to advance and structure an argument, textual analysis and it fosters independent thinking. This course complements a wide range of subjects: English, History, Sociology, Geography, Drama, Languages, Psychology and Maths have all made use of transferable skills.  It also supports those who study the sciences, particularly those who wish to follow a career in Medicine. This course is available to people of any religious belief, or none.  You do not have to be religious to succeed in Religious Studies. The course is spilt into 3 distinct areas; Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian thought.

Year 12 Topics


  • Ancient Philosophical influences
  • Soul, mind, body
  • Arguments for the existence of God based on reason and observation
  • Religious Experience
  • The  Problem of Evil


  • Natural Law
  • Situation Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Euthanasia
  • Business Ethics

Developments in Christian Thought:

  • Augustine on human nature
  • Death and the Afterlife
  • Knowledge of God’s existence
  • The person of Jesus Christ
  • Christian Moral Principles
  • Christian Moral Action

Year 13 Topics:


  • The nature and attributes of God
  • Religious language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
  • Twentieth-century perspectives and philosophical comparisons


  • Meta-ethical theories
  • Conscience
  • Sexual Ethics

Developments in Christian thought

  • Religious Pluralism and theology/society
  • Gender and theology/society
  • The challenge of secularism
  • Liberation theology and Marx

There are three examinations at the end of Year 13 and pupils will answer 3 out of 4 questions on each paper. Each exam will be 2 hours long.

  • Paper 1 (33.3%) Philosophy of Religion: 5th June 2018
  • Paper 2 (33.3%) Religion and Ethics: 11th June 2018
  • Paper 3 (33.3%) Developments in Christian Thought: 18th June 2018