Religious Education


Year Group

Areas of Study


Term 1: What is Religious Education? Sikhism (1) Beliefs; concepts; authority, expressions of spirituality – What does the gurdwara tell us about Sikh beliefs?

Term 2: Sikhism (2) How do Sikh beliefs affect their actions? Sikh attitudes towards moral issues – reference to the Khalsa

Term 3: Christianity (1) Beliefs; concepts; authority: Beliefs about Jesus’ birth What do Christians believe about the importance of Jesus’ incarnation? 

Term 4: Christianity (2) Beliefs; concepts; authority – Jesus’ controversial teaching; events of the Last Week

Term 5: Buddhism (1) Beliefs; concepts; authority: Why was Gotama Buddha so special? Life of the Buddha, 4 Noble Truth, the Middle Way

Term 6: Christianity (3) Rights and responsibilities; What does justice mean to Christians? Christian idea of service and self-sacrifice; Mother Teresa; The work of TEAR Fund/Christian Aid


Terms 1-3: Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. The topics are broken down into significant areas including Origins, Festivals and Initiation

Terms 4-6: Developing understanding of the impact these three religions have had on the world
and on the experience of their followers. This includes the study of the role/experience of women
in each religion


Term 1: Philosophy of Religion: Faith vs Proof; The Design and Cosmological arguments for the existence of God; miracles

Term 2: Are science and faith in conflict? Does science make belief in God redundant?

Terms 3 & 4: Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

Term 5: Life after Death

Term 6: Human rights




Outline of the Course

  • Component 1: Study of two religions (Buddhism and Christianity) – beliefs, teachings and practices
  • Component 2: Thematic studies (Themes B, D, E and F see below) – Different religious perspectives on the issues studied within and/or between religious and non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism
  • Theme B: Religion and life – The origins and value of the universe and of human life – abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation
  • Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict – violence, weapons of mass destruction and pacifism
  • Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment – corporal punishment; the death penalty and forgiveness
  • Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice – the status of women in religion; the uses of wealth; freedom of religious expression



Type of Assessment




Two compulsory five-part questions will be set on each of the two religions in Component 1

1 hour 45 minutes



One compulsory five-part question will be set for each of the 4 themes in Component 2

1 hour 45 minutes