Religious Studies

Subject Leader – Miss P Shanahan


Religious Studies is a fantastic subject that helps students to develop social, moral spiritual and cultural understanding and promote respect and tolerance of all religions. It also helps to shape spiritual and moral decisions and develop their own attitudes to the world in which we live.

Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, Religious Studies is taught through PSHE programme.


We have chosen AQA GCSE Religious Studies A. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.

Year 10:

Students will gain breadth and depth with the study of Religious studies in year 10 with topics including:

* Crime and punishment

* War and Peace

* Families and relationships

* Life

Year 11:

In year 11, students will focus on the study of religions themselves and will focus on:

* Christianity

* Judaism

Students will also spend part of the year on revision and exam technique.


As part of the humanities department, there are wide ranging opportunities to take part in many trips such as PGL at Caythorpe, the Peak District as well as York Dungeons. We incorporate a number of trips within our curriculum in order to further develop students’ understanding and love of Humanities.