Religious Studies and Philosophy Curriculum

RE/Philosophy runs in the following year groups. Click on the links below to jump to a particular course:


Year 9 Religious Studies

Autumn Term
Students will study 2 topics – Life after Death and Crime & Punishment. In both topics the focus will be to develop their skill in making judgements based on evidence and arguments.

Spring Term
This term they will study Animal Ethics and An Introduction to Philosophy.

Summer Term
During the final half term of Year 9, students investigate the way Jesus is portrayed in various forms of the media and then present their ideas in groups to the rest of the class.

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GCSE Religious Studies - AQA (Specification A)


The GCSE has 2 components:

Component 1: The in-depth study of key beliefs and practices in Christianity and Islam.

Component 2: The study of four moral issues from religious perspectives: 

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • Crime and punishment
  • War and peace

Students are required to show the ability to give detailed explanations of religious beliefs, practices and attitudes and to evaluate those attitudes to form their own justified viewpoints.


Year 10

Autumn Term

Week 1–3: Christian Beliefs part 1

Week 4–8: Relationships and Families [Christianity & Hinduism]

Week 9–15: Christian Practices

Spring Term

Religion and LIfe [Christianity & Hinduism]

Christian Beliefs part 2

Summer Term

Week 6–7: Revision

Week 8–9: Year 10 Exam plus feedback/follow-up

Week 10–13: Muslim Practices part1


Year 11

Autumn Term

Week 1–7: Muslim Beliefs

Week 8–15: Crime and Punishment [Christianity & Islam]

Spring Term

Week 1–7: War and Peace [Christianity & Islam]

Week 8–11: Muslim Practices part 2

Summer Term

Week 1–4: Revision

Week 5: GCSE Examinations


Year 12 Philosophy (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
Students will be introduced to the key skills required for philosophical study including the type and structure of arguments and what makes a strong/weak argument. They will begin study of the two key topics at AS level – Theory of Knowledge (theories of perception) and Philosophy of Religion (defining God and arguments for theism).

Spring Term
Students will develop their skills further focusing on the tripartite theory of knowledge, empiricism & rationalism, the problem of evil and religious language.

Towards the end of this term, students will prepare for their Year 12 exam which will form the basis for their overall A Level predicted grade.

Summer Term
The term begins with exam week followed by feedback and follow-up tasks. Students will then complete the remaining study for Unit 1 before beginning Unit 2 topics on moral philosophy and the metaphysics of mind.

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Year 13 Philosophy

Autumn Term
Students will begin study on the two A2 units – Ethics and Philosophy of Mind.

In Ethics they will cover three normative theories: Utilitarianism, Kantian Deontology and Virtue Ethics. In Philosophy of Mind they will study Dualistic theories of the relationship between the mind and the body including substance and property dualism.

Spring Term
In Ethics they will study the application of the theories to various ethical problems including crime & punishment, war and the treatment of animals. They will then study meta-ethics, looking at cognitivist & non-cognitivist theories of ethical language.
In Philosophy of Mind students will study materialist theories of mind including identity theory, functionalism and eliminative materialism.

Summer Term
In the final term, students will be completing topics from the previous term before embarking on a revision program in preparation for their final exam.

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