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Religious Education

All students receive Religious Education throughout their school career as it is a vital subject that affects all our lives directly and indirectly. Lessons are delivered to provide students with a range of religious, ethical and global issues from the perspective of a number of world religions. Students are encouraged to consider these issues from their own perspective and compare their views to the views of others.


Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students examine a range of beliefs that exist in the UK today. Students go on to look at issues around animal rights, media and scientific explanations of the universe.

In Year 8, students study issues around crime and punishment and consider what punishments are appropriate in modern Britain as well as the different religious and non-religious arguments. Students also look at issues on drug abuse and get a chance to examine the views that people hold around the issue of life and death.

In Year 9, students explore the issues around early life and relationships, looking at the religious perspectives on each. Students will then look at issues such as war and peace and evil and suffering from a religious viewpoint as well as exploring their own views.

An outline of what students will study during their time at New College Leicester throughout Key Stage 3 is set out in the table below:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Term Introduction to RE Religious attitudes to crime and punishment Religion and early life
Religion and relationships
Spring Term Religion and animal rights
Religion and science
Religious attitudes to drug abuse
Religious attitudes to the elderly and death
Religion, war and peace
Summer Term Religion in the media Religious attitudes to rich and poor in British society Religion and the problem of evil and suffering


Key Stage 4

Core RE it taught to all students in Years 10 and 11. Students study religious attitudes to controversial topics such as abortion and euthanasia and discuss and explore different views on different medical and social issues such as whether organ donation/transplantation should be compulsory. In addition to taught time students also participate in view point days which broaden and encourage young people to understand other living faiths and practices, and to appreciate the importance of these in the lives of the believers. The day consists of a range of religious, ethical and global issues from the perspective of a number of world religions, and also from a Humanist and non-religious perspective.

If students opt to study for AQA GCSE Religious Education A, they are taught the with an in depth study of Christianity and Islam, which focuses on two units of work:

Component What is assessed? How it is assessed? What type of question?
1: The study of religious beliefs, teachings and practices Beliefs, teachings and practices from Christianity and Islam. Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
96 marks (plus 5 for SPaG).
50% of GCSE.
Each religion has a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
Each religion is marked out of 48.
2: Thematic studies Four religious, philosophical and ethical studies:

  • Theme A – Relationships and families
  • Theme B – Religion and life
  • Theme E – Religion, crime and punishment
  • Theme F – Religion, human rights and social justice
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
    96 marks (plus 5 for SPaG)
    50% of GCSE.
    Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
    Each theme is marked out of 24.


    For general and key exam skills information on the GCSE RE exam, please click the following link: RE exam skills and information.


    Revision support:

    A useful book for students studying the AQA A Spec Religious Education can be purchased here here.


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    Thank you,

    Mrs D Ghatora – Head of Religious Education

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