Religious Education

  Head of Department: Mr S Scott 

Key Stage 3

Years 7-9

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 everyday 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. For example, students cover the whole range of world faiths including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism as well as pagan and non-religious truth claims. The Christian and Islam elements of the KS3 structure are central to later GCSE requirements. In addition, pupils are introduced to key philosophical ideas from figures such as Plato and Aristotle whilst they also consider whether religion is a force for good or evil within our world.

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

Key stage 3 Scheme of work

Key Stage 4

Y10-Y11 GCSE Syllabus

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.  

At KS4 pupils will complete the following units of work from the Edexcel Religious B component:

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

•Philosophy of Religion 

•Living the Christian Life


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

•Muslim Beliefs

•Crime and Punishment

•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. 

Key stage 4 Scheme of work


Year 12/13 2017 onwards

A-Level Religious Studies

Students will be following OCR 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.

• Developments in Christian thought 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.

Philosophy Scheme of work

Christian Thought Scheme of work

Ethics Scheme of work

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