In studying Religious Education:- Ethics students are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of Religion and Ethics and relate it to the wider world. Students are able to gain a comprehensive and accurate knowledge and understanding of a range of current moral and social issues.

When studying moral and social issues students will consider, Christian, Islamic and Secular views. They are also encouraged to develop and express their own opinions.


Year 9 students study a combination of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. The aim of this year is to allow students to address fundamental questions about religious beliefs and behaviour and to investigate ways in which these relate to specified moral issues.

Students will investigate ultimate questions such as ‘why is there evil in the world’ and ‘what happens when we die?’ Students are given the opportunity to actively debate current ethical issues such as; ’Is war ever justified?’ There have also opportunities to study traditional religious beliefs and practices.

The course encourages students to be both inspired and challenged and equips them to lead constructive lives in the modern world as members of a global society.

Key Stage 4  
Exam Board (to include details of exam) AQA Religious Studies A

Exam 1: The Study of Religions: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices, Christianity and Islam

Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 50{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} GCSE

Exam 2: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies

Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 50{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} GCSE

Course Content The course itself does not require students to have a religious background. It encourages students to ask questions, to be critical and to develop their own identity.

Component 1: The Study of Religion: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices

Students will be studying Christianity and Islam.

Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam and their basis in Christian/Islamic sources of wisdom and authority. They will need to be able to refer to scripture and or sacred texts where appropriate.

Students should study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies.

Component 2: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies

Students will consider different religious, philosophical and ethical arguments and their impact and influence in the modern world. Students will study different perspectives on the issues studied, within and/or between religious, as well as non-religious views.

Students study four themes:

Religion and Life

Religion, Peace and Conflict

Crime and Punishment

Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

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Exam Success 100{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} Pass rate

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Contribution to SMSC

The Religious Education provision at Trinity High School is built around SMSC. Students reflect on what matters to them, what makes them who they are. They also spend half a term in Year 9 exploring what their own spirituality is and what that means to them in a modern society.  The majority of students study GCSE RE from Year 9-11. There are two specific parts to the GCSE- Religion and Life issues and Religion and Morality. Students study contemporary issues in society and explore religious beliefs about issues such as war, euthanasia, crime, fertility treatments and reflect on their own views about these. Students also study: Religion and poverty- both in the UK and world poverty; Religious attitudes to drug abuse; Animal rights; religion and planet earth- including environmental issues; Religion and early life and the pro-life pro-choice debate; Religion and prejudice; Religious attitudes to the elderly and young people. Students also question what it means to be a young person with a belief or faith. For those few students who do not study GCSE RE, they follow an ASDAN beliefs and values course. It is also a successful A-Level option as Philosophy and Ethics and students explore the classic arguments for the existence of God/Gods; the problem of evil; freewill and determinism; Plato and Aristotle and Ancient Greek Philosophy; Ethical arguments such as Utilitarianism, absolute and relative morality; the structure of an ordered society; Science versus religion; environmental, business and sexual ethics.

Contribution to Wider Curriculum

Religious Education, Philosophy and Ethics all promote a high level of literacy.