Key Stage 4 - RE
- Category: Personal Development
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 all students study GCSE RE.
Year 11 2016-17
The Year 11 students currently follow the AQA Syllabus B, completing 2 units over the course of the key stage. Each unit has 6 topics all based around ethical issues and we cover one topic per term with an assessment at the end of each. These are internally assessed and help us to identify strengths and areas for development. They do not count towards the students’ final marks. There are two terminal external exams at the end of Year 11.
Unit 2: Religion and Life Issues.
Religion and Animal Issues
Religion and the Environment
Religion and Early Life
Religion and War and Peace
Religion and Prejudice
Religion and Young People
Unit 3 Religion and Morality
Matters of Life
Matters of Death
Religion and Drugs
Rich and Poor
Crime and Punishment
More information about the GCSE course can be found here:
There are also many resources to support students on the school’s VLE.
Year 9 and 10 2016-17
The Year 9 and 10 students are following the new AQA Specification A Religious Studies.
50% of the course comprises a study of two religions and 50% is made up of a study of themes.
One religion studied is Christianity.
Each of the two parts is worth 50% and will be studied for 50% of the course time.
Part One: Study of religions
Two religions (one of these will be Christianity) covering these topics:
a. Beliefs and teachings of religion: beliefs about God, gods or ultimate reality; the role of communities of faith, key moral principles and the meanings and purposes of human life
b. Sources of wisdom and authority: the nature, history and treatment of key religious texts or scriptures; and where appropriate, of key religious figures and/or teachers
from the early history of the tradition and/or the modern age
c. Practices: the application of beliefs and teachings to the lives of modern believers including the study of places and forms of worship (as appropriate to each religion) rituals, prayer, meditation, festivals and celebrations, fasting, rites of passage, religious journeys and pilgrimage
d. Forms of expression and ways of life: the impact of beliefs on individuals, communities and societies through ways of life and moral codes, through art forms such as drama, dance, literature, architecture and music inspired by religions and belief, and the role of these art forms in worship or ritual
Part Two: Philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world
We will choose four of these topics
- Relationships and families, religious teachings about the nature and purpose of families in the 21st century, sex, marriage, cohabitation and divorce. Issues related to the nature and purpose of families; roles of men and women; equality; gender prejudice and discrimination. How varied interpretations of sources and/or of teachings may give rise to diversity within traditions (textual study or religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world)
- Religious views of the world, including their relationship to scientific views; beliefs about death and an afterlife; explanations of the origins of the universe. How varied interpretations of sources and/or of teachings may give rise to diversity within traditions. (textual study or religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world)
3. The existence of God, gods and ultimate reality, and ways in which God, gods or ultimate reality might be understood; through revelation, visions, miracles or enlightenment. How varied interpretations of sources or of teachings may give rise to diversity within traditions.
4. Religion, peace and conflict; violence, war, pacifism, terrorism, just war theory, holy war; the role of religion and belief in 21st century conflict and peace making; the concepts of justice, forgiveness and reconciliation (religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world only)
5. Crime and punishment; causes of crime, aims of punishment, the concepts of forgiveness, retribution, deterrence, reformation; the death penalty, treatment of criminals; good, evil and suffering (religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world only)
6. Religion, human rights and social justice; issues of equality and freedom of religion or belief; prejudice and discrimination in religion and belief; human rights; wealth and poverty; racial prejudice and discrimination (religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world
More information about this course can be found here: