Religious Studies is a subject for the curious: for those people who always ask 'Why?': those who are not content to just accept things at face value, but enjoy looking beyond the stereotype or preconceived idea, to reach the heart of a topic. 

In Religious Studies students dig a solid foundation of religious literacy (understanding the key teachings of Christianity and other world religions). They apply this knowledge as they develop skills such as analysis, debate, critical thinking and argument, as well as empathy, respect and reflection. Students study the key teachings of Christianity and other major world religions, and apply this knowledge when exploring religious, philosophical and ethical issues.

What will I learn?


Year 7

Key Christian beliefs
How do Christians describe and understand their God?

Animals and Religion
Is it our responsibility to look after animals? Should animal testing be permitted?

Key Christian beliefs
Why is Jesus so important to Christians?

Prejudice and discrimination
What is the Hindu caste system, and how did Gandhi change views about it? Why did Martin Luther King use non-violent protest to challenge racism?

Persecution and injustice
Why are some groups persecuted? How do religions respond to injustice?

World religions
How have religions developed through history and what are the key similarities and differences between them?


Year 8

Key Christian practices
How do Christians worship their God, and mark special events in their lives?

Key Muslim beliefs
How do Muslims understand their God?

Religion, peace & conflict
What is a Just War? Why are some religious believers pacifist and some prepared to fight?

Islam and authority
Why is the Qur'an important to Christians, and how do Muslims interpret it in different ways?

Wealth & poverty
What do religions teach about wealth, and how do they address the problem of poverty?