Curriculum Intent

In RE, our curriculum intent is:

Our curriculum will develop and deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith, other faith traditions and worldviews and their influence on the life of a believer. It will support them to understand themselves as unique and worthy which reflects the belief that we are all made in the image of God. This will encourage students to reflect spiritually and think ethically and theologically in order to give a personal response to questions of meaning and purpose which will enable them to become active and responsible citizens in a multicultural world.

Course Overview

You will study three components:

  • Component 1: A Study of Religion :Christianity This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of their chosen religion covering themes ranging from significant social and historical developments in religious thought – challenges from science, secularism, migration etc. to practices that shape religious identity.
  • Component 2: Philosophy of Religion This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for and against the existence of God to religious experience.
  • Component 3: Religion and Ethics This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental ethical themes, ranging from the application of ethical theories to issues such as animal experimentation to freewill and determinism.


In the exam for each of the three Components the following two skills will be tested: ​

AO1 knowledge and understanding of religion and belief (40% of the assessment weighting – Part A of each question)​

AO2 analysis and evaluation, with regards to aspects of and approaches to religion and belief (60% of the assessment weighting – Part B of each question)​

Each exam is 2 hours long and consists of two Sections.

From which you need to answer: 1 question from a choice of 2 in Section A, 1 question from a choice of 3 in Section B

Exam Board Information

AS/A Level Religious Studies

Future Steps

  • Turn on your news feed on your phone! Religious Studies is always in the news.​
  • RS supports any career choice!​
  • Investigate ultimate questions such as “why does evil exist?” and “what is the purpose of life?”
  • Study topics that explain the diversity of life and religion in the modern world​
  • Improve philosophical thinking skills and the ability to think outside of the box ​
  • Understand contemporary ethical and religious issues such as medical​ ethics and religious fundamentalism ​
  • Develop communication skills and learn to clearly express your views and​ increase your self-confidence