Religious Studies

Key Stage 3 – Ethical Studies

What students will learn in Ethical Studies at Key Stage 3?

2021 sees the introduction of a three-year Key Stage 3 programme at Tudor Grange Kingshurst. Students from years 7-9 will study and evaluate the six main world religions, as well as the views of both Atheists and Humanists towards a range of ethical issues. The scheme of learning is designed to reflect that fact that modern Britain is a multi-cultural and multi-religious community and therefore our students will need knowledge of those religious and non-religious traditions to uphold British values, such as tolerance and respect.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is in line with local SACRE guidance and revisits and builds upon knowledge ‘acquired’ at Key Stage 2. Students at Key Stage 3 will have the opportunity to: deepen their knowledge, practise the skills required at GCSE and enjoy the process of evaluation and enquiry which is at the heart of this subject and life itself.

Year 7 Units of Study

  • What does it mean to have faith?
  • Does religion divide or unite?
  • Why did Jesus die?

Year 8 Units of Study

  • What is the meaning of life?
  • What is good and evil?
  • What happens when we die?

Year 9 Units of Study

  • Can we prove God’s existence?
  • Where do we get our morals from?
  • What is the future of faith?

Parents can find more information on the specific topics covered in each unit by looking at the Learning Journeys.

Key Stage 4 – Religious Studies

You do not have to be religious yourself to take GCSE RS! The key requirement is: Do you love asking questions and debating the meaning of life which have an array of responses, but no concrete answers? If the answer is yes, then this is the subject for you. This course will help you to understand a range of religious and non-religious beliefs evident in multi-cultural and multi-religious Britain against a range of challenging and contemporary moral issues.

  • GCSE exam board: Edexcel
  • Exam Specification: B
  • Qualification structure: 100% examination, consisting of 2 exams at the end of year 11 which are equally weighted. They are both 1hr 45mins long.

What will GCSE students’ study? (KS4 option RS)

Paper 1: Religion and Ethics Christianity (course code: 1RBO/1B)

This paper focuses on the beliefs of Christians. However, students will study the divergent views of Christians against the non-religious views of Atheists and Humanists in both the Marriage and the family and Matters of Life and Death units.

  • Christian beliefs
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Matters of Life and Death

Paper 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict (course code: 1RBO/2C)

This paper focuses on the beliefs of Muslims. However, students will study the divergent views of Muslims against the non-religious views of Atheists and Humanists in both the Crime and punishment and Peace and Conflict units.

  • Islamic Beliefs
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Peace and Conflict

Subject specific websites:

CLICK: Specification

CLICK: Model exam papers and markschemes

Recommended study guides: Are available in the school library for purchase, but can also be purchased from companies like Amazon: Victor W. Watton Hodder Education, 30 Oct 2017

What careers can GCSE RS lead to?

Career progression from obtaining a RE GCSE can include: counselling and social services, political and service sector roles, education and training, medicine and nursing, and journalism.