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Religious Education

Religious Education

The aims of RE which inform the curriculum are based on the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE, which states that the principle aim of RE is to "explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that students can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living."

At Bishop Perowne Church of England College we seek to:

•Provide students with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions represented in Great Britain;

•Develop their understanding of the ways in which beliefs influence people in their behaviour, practices and outlook;

•Develop in students a capacity to engage with challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, moral issues and what it means to be human in order to enhance their own spiritual and moral growth

•Encourage students to develop a positive and respectful attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.


Statement of Work

Key Stage 3

In Year seven students are introduced to key Christian beliefs, teachings and practices and follow  units from the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE. Students engage in a study of Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam through a series of themed questions. Students also study PSHE topics related to the self and our place in the local and global community.

Autumn Term 1 - Understanding Christianity

Autumn Term 1 - Healthy Relationships

Spring Term 1 – Do we need religious buildings or should we sell them and use the money to help the poor?

Spring Term 2 – Healthy Lifestyles

Summer Term 1 – What is good and what is challenging about being a teenage Muslim in 21st Britain?

Summer Term 2 – What makes us good British Citizens?

In year eight students continue to study religion and philosophical themes through key questions alongside PSHE topics. Students continue to study Christianity as their main religion whilst also studying other religious and non-religious world views.

Autumn Term 1 – Does religion help people to be good?

Autumn Term 2 – Sex and Relationships Education

Spring Term 1 – How can people express the spiritual through Music and Art?

Spring Term 1 –  Healthy Lifestyles

Summer Term 1 – Do we need to prove God's existence?

Summer Term 2 – Rights and Responsibilities

Key Stage 4

Students study for the Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies (Route A). This course is examined through three exam papers at the end of Year Eleven. The structure of the course is:

50% - Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World (from the perspective of Christianity and Islam). This includes the study of the four themes listed below:

Theme 1: Issues of Relationships

Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death

Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil

Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights

25% - A study of Christianity. Students study Christian beliefs, teachings and practices and sources of Christian authority in depth.

25% - A study of Islam. Students are study Muslim beliefs, teachings and practices and sources of Muslim authority in depth.

A student e-textbook written for this course has been published by Hodder and Stoughton and is available to purchase from


Students not studying the GCSE in Religious Studies continue to study a combination of RE and PSHE (PSRE). An overview of topics studied is shown below. There is no external examination for this programme of study.

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Yr 9 PSRE Topics 2018/19 Prejudice and Discrimination Sex and Relationships Education Crime and Punishment Drugs and Alcohol The World Around Us Financial Education
Yr 10 PSRE Topics 2018/19 Human Rights Relationships Education to include SRE Social Justice Drugs and Alcohol Education

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Careers Education Financial Education
Yr 11 PSRE Topics 2018/19 Careers Education, including how to apply to College Issues of Life and Death, including abortion and euthanasia

Issues of Good and Evil Revision Techniques and Exam Preparation and Support

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Revision Techniques and Exam Preparation and Support  


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