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.

Teaching Staff:

Mrs E Young – Head of RE

Mrs K Hannan – Director of Faculty, Humanities

For more information please speak to Mrs Young, Head of RE

Level: GCSE

Students will follow AQA Specification A Full Course.

The course provides an opportunity for students to engage with a variety of topical questions around belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth.

Students will be able to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in light of what they have learnt. There are a range of relevant and contemporary themes to study that will promote awareness of modern-world issues and provide opportunities for informed debate.  Students of all abilities will be challenged and inspired, whilst developing valuable skills sought after by higher education and employers.


Students will study two units. Unit One: Study of religion where students will study Christianity and Islam, Unit Two: Philosophy and Ethics.

Both units will be examined by a 1 hour 45 minute exam at the end of the course.

Each unit is worth 50% of the final GCSE.


Students will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam. Students will need to be able to refer to scripture and/ or sacred texts where appropriate. Students will study the influence of the beliefs, teachings and practices studied on individuals, communities and societies.


Students will study four themes

Religion and Life

  • The origins and value of the universe
  • The origins and value of human life

Religion, Peace and Conflict

  • Religion, violence, terrorism and war
  • Religion and belief in 21st Century conflict

Religion, crime and punishment

  • Religion, crime and the causes of crime
  • Religion and punishment

Relationships and Families

  • Nature of families
  • Purpose of families


RE is about asking big questions, learning about yourself and others and engaging in lively and informed debate. If you would enjoy this, you will enjoy the RE GCSE course.