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Religious Education

It is a subject which has great relevance in today’s pluralist society and enables all those who study it to appreciate and understand the diversity and importance of the religions that make up our community – learning about religion and from religion. As such it forms an important part of the school curriculum and all students study religion in society until the end of year 9. 

Year 7

  • Ultimate Questions – An opportunity to discuss some of the bigger, possibly unanswerable questions in life e.g. what is the purpose of life?
  • Animism and Australian Aborigines – An insight into a different set of beliefs about the importance of nature.
  • The life and teachings of Jesus – A study of Jesus and his impact on society.
  • Worship in Sikhism– A look at Sikh worship and how it impacts on the life of devotees.
  • How do we mark our journey through life? – Discovery of rituals and sacred events from many religions.

Year 8

  • What does it mean to be a Hindu? – An in depth study of Hinduism including beliefs in Karma and reincarnation.
  • What difference does faith make? – A study of key figures in human rights movements and how they have been influenced by their faith.
  • What does it mean to be a Muslim? – A detailed study of the role of Islam in life and how it affects communities and individuals.
  • Religion in Art and Media – A focus on how art is portrayed within religion and how we are influenced by the media’s approach to religion.
  • Worship in Buddhism – A look at Buddhist worship and how it impacts on the life of devotees.

Year 9

  • What does it mean to be Jewish? – An introduction into Judaism and the history, structure and struggles of the faith.
  • Suffering – An independent study of the effects of discrimination and prejudice and historical events are remembered today.
  • Global Issues: Peace and Conflict – students study a recent conflict and discuss whether it is just and religious perspectives on conflict.
  • Philosophy and Ethics – Debate and discussion about right and wrong, where our influences come from and how we choose to act.
  • Medical Ethics – An in depth study of issues surrounding medicine andthe different perspectives on their acceptance.


Students who choose to study Religion in Society for GCSE will follow the Edexcel Religious Studies Syllabus. Students have many options within this Syllabus and can choose the religions which they study. This GCSE course is assessed by 100% external examination. The topics include:

Religion and Life

  • Believing in God
  • Matters of Life and Death
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Religion and Community Cohesion

Religion and Society

  • Religion: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Religion: Environment and Medical Issues
  • Religion: Peace and Conflict
  • Religion: Crime and Punishment


The R.E. department is well established, innovative and vibrant. The department is staffed by three specialists all are very enthusiastic and committed to the delivery and development of multi faith R.E.

The department has a wealth of resources with a wide variety of religious artefacts, ICT resources and text books that cover the major world religions. The school is ideally situated in Handsworth and is close to many places of worship e.g. Gurdwaras, Viharas, Churches, a House Mosque and Mandir all of which are used to help to deliver the department’s schemes of learning.

As well as providing students with an understanding of the worlds major religions the Department encourages students to think about personal, ethical and global issues for themselves.

Religious Education is a subject which provides an insight into the various cultures and beliefs that exist in Britain today.