Religious Studies

Religious Education

“The highest result of education is tolerance” Helen Keller


Key Stage 3

The teaching of Religious Education is delivered by the Humanities department and each child will expect to receive one lesson each week at Key Stage 3 as part of their normal timetable of 30 lessons. A modular approach is taken in Religious Education with important literacy skills developed alongside contextual knowledge and understanding. Each module carries an assessment in the form of a test, timed essay, presentation or project. Homestudy is set fairly regularly to consolidate and develop knowledge, understanding and skills including research-based tasks and independent enquiry.

Religious Education

Year 7



Founders and Leaders



Customs, Celebrations and Rituals



Sacred Sites and Holy Places

Year 8



Origins of the Universe



Prejudice and Discrimination



Moral and Ethical Issues

Year 9



Suffering, Human Rights and Social Justice



Philosophy and Ethics: Christianity (Beliefs and Teachings)



Philosophy and Ethics: Buddhism (Beliefs and Teachings)


In Religious Education, students are encouraged to discuss and debate about religion, philosophical and ethical issues. There is a focus on the teachings, beliefs and practices of the six major world religions that make up the modern face of multicultural Britain through topics such as rites of passage to the origins of the universe and the causes of suffering. The curriculum incorporates the themes highlighted in the framework of the current Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus.


The Religious Education programme of study facilitates a better understanding and appreciation of the stimulating world in which we live, and the past and present impacts made by people to the planet. Gartree’s mission is to develop “global citizens” that have a profound awareness of the world around them to make conscientious, informed contributions to the wider world in which we live based on respect, tolerance and mutual appreciation of diversity and cultural differences.

Subject-based skills

We want our students to develop into tolerant, open-minded and respectful young people with a curious and inquisitive mind. Students will develop a range of valuable skills throughout their course of study which will prepare them for both GCSE Religious Education (short course) and the wider world. They will;

  • apply knowledge and understanding of two religions

  • apply knowledge and understanding of key sources of wisdom and authority including scripture and/or sacred texts, where appropriate, which support contemporary religious faith

  • understand the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies

  • understand significant common and divergent views between and/or within religions and beliefs

  • 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 set out in the subject content

Key Stage 4 (Philosophy and Ethics)

How the course is assessed: 100% final examination

Exam board: AQA A short course (8061A)

Course overview: The qualification has a clear structure with two main components. Students consider different beliefs and teachings to religious and non-religious issues in contemporary British society. Students are made aware that Christianity is one of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today and that the main religious tradition in Great Britain is Christianity. Students study the beliefs and teachings of Christianity and Buddhism along with their basis in religious sources of wisdom and authority. Students throughout their learning are encouraged to refer to scripture and/or sacred texts where appropriate to support particular beliefs and teachings.

Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own values and attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. Students further learn the perspectives of Christians and Buddhists on two philosophical and ethical issues, one towards relationships and families, and the second to do with peace and conflict. The examination includes a number of short and extended writing questions that also focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Christianity (beliefs and teachings)

Buddhism (beliefs and teachings)

Relationships and Families (religious, philosophical and ethical studies)

Religion, Peace and Conflict (religious, philosophical and ethical studies)

You can expect to:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs.

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts and scriptures of the religions they are studying.

  • develop your ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject.

  • reflect on and develop your own values, belief, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life to give a reasoned consideration of a single point of view through a logical chain of reasoning.

  • reflect on and develop your 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.

  • have a knowledge and understanding of different attitudes about an ethical or philosophical issue or belief.

  • have a knowledge and understanding of how a religious belief or practice influences individuals or groups.

Where does it lead? Studying Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) will teach you to think logically and critically about issues, to analyse and construct arguments and to be open to new ways of thinking. In addition, you will develop an ability to write clearly and persuasively, absorb and sift complex information and to distinguish between different views and come to a reasoned opinion. It helps young people to understand and appreciate the diverse nature of modern society by considering opposing and contrasting beliefs and cultural ideas different to their own.

Religious Studies both informs and challenges student’s preconceptions of religious beliefs, teachings and practices enabling students to embark on adult life with tolerant, open-minded views about religion in the 21st Century. The skills developed by students will be useful for a career path in journalism, media, politics, teaching and the legal profession.