Religious Education

  Head of Department: Mrs G Muflahi

Key Stage 3

The aim of Religious Studies at Key Stage 3 is to engage students in philosophical enquiry by questioning the world around them.  They will reflect on the meaning of Religious Studies and the part it plays in every day life.  Students will explore issues of cultural identity, investigate issues of belonging and question whether it is good to belong to a group.

To achieve these aims the students study a wide range of topics and current issues including:  Beliefs and Concepts, Religion and Science and Expressions of Spirituality.

Students are assessed each half-term and are given targets by their teacher to enable them to understand what they need to do to make progress.

For more detailed information:

  Scheme of work

Key Stage 4

Y9-Y11 GCSE Syllabus

The number of pupils in England and Wales taking the GCSE Religious Studies full course is at its highest since 2002. All students at Maghull High School are offered the opportunity to be entered for GCSE Religious Studies.  The new government changes to GCSE specification requires students to sit two examinations from the perspective of two different major world religions although one must be Christianity.  

This means during Y9-11 pupils will complete the following units of work during;

GCSE (Pearson Edexcel) Religious Studies:  Religion, Philosophy and Social Justice (Christianity) 

•Christian Beliefs

•Philosophy of Religion 

•Living the Christian Life


GCSE (Pearson Edexcel) Religious Studies:  Peace and Conflict (Islam)  

•Muslim Beliefs

•Crime and Punishment

•Living the Muslim Life

•Peace and Conflict

It is recognised that the majority of young people are not religious in the UK and the exam offers opportunities to express non-religious attitudes to the issues raised within each topic.  At the same time offering pupils to reflect on the big issues such as why poverty and war exist in our world. In addressing some of these issues we aim to educate pupils to disagree or agree respectfully with the ideas they encounter.  This supports Government guidance which advises that `every school is responsible for educating children and young people who will live and work in a country which is diverse in terms of cultures, religions or beliefs’.  The government has set out its view of British values as including individual liberty, tolerance and mutual respect between those of different faiths and beliefs. 

  Old scheme of work

  New scheme of work


Year 12/13 2017 onwards

A-Level Religious Studies

Students will be following Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Religious Studies which encompasses three units of work; 

•Philosophy of Religion which enquires into the nature and influence of religious experience, problems of evil and suffering and philosophical language.

•Religion and Ethics which focuses on issues and debates in religion and ethics by a study of three ethical theories including.  Students will reflect on the beginning and end of life issues.

•A Study of Religion will investigate religious beliefs, values, teachings, sources of wisdom and authority.  This will include analysing the practices that shape and express religious identity, social and historical developments along with religion and society. 

  A Level Scheme of work

Year 13 Current 2016 onwards

Y13 students study eight topics (4 Philosophy and 4 Ethics)

Unit 3:  Developments will enable students to develop their understanding of Philosophical arguments about the existence of God (Religious experiences, Atheism and critiques of religious belief) and problems in the philosophy of religion including matters of life and death and religious language. 
Students will widen their understanding of Ethical Concepts (critiques of the relationship between religion and morality and Ethical Theory) and Problems in Ethics by examining Ethical language, objectivity, Justice, Law and Punishment.

Unit 4:  Implications  (Anthology) is the study of Philosophy of Religion based on an extract published by Edexcel.  This enables students to apply all their knowledge and skills developed throughout the duration of the course.

  Ethics Scheme of work

  Scheme of work


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