Religious Education

Religious Education is a fascinating subject that encourages students to learn from different religions, beliefs and values while exploring their own beliefs.

RE is a unique subject that raises challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and issues of right and wrong as well as many other interesting matters.

The RE department at Churchmead School encourages students to share their views about their own beliefs and respect others in a positive, respectful and enjoyable environment. The Christian values are embedded into the life of the school and the students are offered great opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. Over the course of five years students develop knowledge and understanding of the world religions and develop a deeper understanding of Christianity as well as the other world religions at Key Stage 4.


The RE department at Churchmead School follows the Berkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2012-2017).

In years 7 and 8 students develop their knowledge and understanding about the six major world religions and also begin to explore key issues that will begin to prepare them for the GCSE course. These two academic years aim to support students to develop their sense of identity and belonging. The subject content also helps to enhance their awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs.


Topics studied:

Year 7

  • Introduction to the six major world religions
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Hinduism

Year 8

  • Inspirational People
  • Sikhism
  • The Holocaust
  • Buddhism


Churchmead students begin their GCSE course in Year 9. Over the three academic years students study a variety of topics. Students gain a Full Course GCSE and students are entered for the examinations at the end of Year 11. Students follow the AQA Religious Studies B syllabus.


Course Aims

  • To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topics studied
  • Students will express their own responses to the issues and questions raised in the topics, using reasons and evidence.
  • Evaluate the Religious points of view about the issues and questions.





The Content is divided into two sections and students will study four topics from each unit.

Unit 2: Religion and Life Issues

  • Religion and Animal Rights
  • Religion and Planet Earth
  • Religion and Prejudice
  • Religion and Early Life

Unit 3: Religion and Morality

  • Religious attitudes to the rich and poor in British society
  • Religious attitudes to world poverty
  • Religious attitudes to drug abuse
  • Religious attitudes to the elderly and death
Examination board: AQA
Mode of Assessment: Two Written examinations