Religious Studies

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We aim to:

  • To gain a knowledge and understanding of religious traditions, concepts and experiences through the teaching of Christianity and other faiths.
  • To understand how faith and belief relate to the moral, cultural and behavioural aspects of life.
  • To develop a personal search for a meaning and purpose.
  • To develop an awareness of the dignity and integrity of others.
  • The scheme of work is based on the Hertfordshire Agreed syllabus for Religious Studies.

The scheme of work is based on the Hertfordshire Agreed syllabus for Religious Studies.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Pupils study Christianity and Islam. Units include:
  • Who am I? looking at the nature of identity and how it is expressed through religious buildings.
  • Who is Jesus? Exploring how Christians have expressed their understanding of the nature and role of Jesus.
  • Who are we? Understanding the religious practices and lifestyle of Islam

Year 8

  • Pupils study Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. Units include:
  • Will you be my people if I will be your God? Exploring the beliefs and teaching of Jewish people.
  • Resolving conflict. Exploring the values and morality of life in Jerusalem as seen from 3 religious points of view.
  • Searching for meaning. Understanding how people of faith respond to the questions of purpose.
  • Moving up? The faith of Hinduism

Year 9

All students follow the OCR GCSE Philosophy and Ethics full course, which explores a number of philosophical issues from a Christian perspective in relation to religion. 

Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

All students continue to follow the OCR Philosophy and Ethics full course. In KS4 they focus on a number of moral issues from a Christian perspective in relation to religion. Topics covered include:

  • Medical Ethics
  • Human Relationships
  • End of Life
  • Peace and Justice
  • Religion and science
  • Reason and revelation

Sixth Form

Years 12 and 13

At AS and A2 Level pupils study the OCR GCSE Philosophy and Ethics course. Religious Studies A Level is a thought provoking and successful option in the Sixth Form. Topics covered include:


  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Philosophical arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges of Psychology and Sociology
  • Free will and determinism
  • Problem of evil
  • Miracles


  • Absolute and Moral Relativism
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kant
  • Medical ethics
  • War
  • Environment and Business Ethics

General R.S

Throughout the year Sixth Form students will listen to thought provoking speakers on a number of controversial religious topics.