Why should I study RE?

To understand people’s beliefs and values is to really know what makes them tick. The vast majority of people around the world hold some form of religious belief, so this subject gives you an excellent understanding of people, cultures and countries.

We also examine several of the most pressing and controversial issues affecting our society today, looking at the evidence, discussing different views, and enabling you to form your own opinions and beliefs.

What will I study?

You will learn about the beliefs, teachings and practices of two world religions and you will also study four of the following religious, philosophical and ethical themes:

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • The existence of God and revelation
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Religion, crime and punishment
  • Religion, human rights and social justice
  • St Mark's Gospel – the life of Jesus
  • St Mark's Gospel as a source of religious, moral and spiritual truths

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Are there any field trips or enrichment opportunities?

The RE Department strongly believes in the value of studying actual places of worship with visits to churches, synagogues and mosques and will try to organise such visits if circumstances allow.

How will I be assessed?

The exam board for RE is AQA (GCSE 9-1) and assessment is 100% by examination at the end of the two-year course. This is broken down into two papers, as detailed below.

Paper 1: Religious Beliefs, Teachings and Practices

  • Topics covered: The beliefs, teachings and practices of two world religions
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Worth 50% of final mark

Paper 2: Thematic Studies

  • Topics covered: • Religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Worth 50% of final mark

Will the course be good preparation for A Level?

Yes it will. RE enables students to get an overview of religious beliefs across the world, which often contribute to events in history and our own times. RE, Philosophy and Sociology are increasingly popular subjects at A Level and the GCSE is good preparation for such studies. It is also an invaluable preparation for future study and your career as it will help you to understand and get along with the different people you will be working with.

What are the next steps?

Should you wish to choose RE, you will need to add it as the main choice in the Option 2 box. If you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Teacher of Religious Education, Mr Younis, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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