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Light Hall School - RE

Subject Overview

Religious Education focuses on the study of World Religions in KS3 and contemporary moral issues in KS4. The subject particularly focuses on making students aware of the moral, spiritual and social attitudes of the society we live in.  



In Y7, 8 and 9 students are taught Religious Education for two hours over a fortnight. The subject is taught from a thematic perspective and based on the teachings of six world religions. Students will be learning about and from religion. Further information about the curriculum and the breakdown of study for the subject can be found on ‘Frog’.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
yr 7
Founders & Leaders
yr 8
Festivals of Lights (From Different Religions)
Does God Exist?
yr 9
The Problem of Evil & Suffering
Religion & Morality
Crime and Punishment
Religion & Morality
Drug Abuse



Life and Morality (GCSE Religious Education)


All students from the spring term of Year 9 have to study GCSE Life and Morality (Religious Education). The GCSE is regarded as a Full Couse which is worth a GCSE at the end of year 11. Students will be taking two exams at the end of year 11; each exam is worth 50% of their final grade. There is no coursework for this subject. Students study the unit AQA Religion and Morality in Year 9 and 10 and AQA Religion and Life Issues in Yr 10 and 11.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
yr 10 a
Matters of Death
Animal Rights
yr 10 b
Revision & Mock Exam (Religion & Morality Unit)
Planet Earth
Prejudice & Discrimination
yr 11 a
War & Peace
Revision (Religion & Morality AND Religion & Life Issues)
yr 11 b
Revision & Mock Exam (Religion & Life Issues)
Revision (Religion & Morality AND Religion & Life Issues)

a = first half of the term
b = second half of the term


What are the aims of the course?
All students in year 9 will begin this course in the Summer Term of this year, while still in Year 9.  This is to enable us to teach the full GCSE to the students rather than entering them for a short course (half) GCSE only.  This course leads to a full GCSE qualification. However the topics covered are of vital importance to students as they prepare for a full and active role as an adult in modern society. Therefore it aims not only to give students a good academic qualification but also to help develop their thinking as more mature young people.  

What topics will I study?

 Unit 3 (Year 9 and 10) –

  • Matters of Life (e.g. scientific methods of helping childless couples, cloning, transplant surgery etc.)
  • Matters of Death (e.g. euthanasia)
  • Drug Abuse
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Rich and Poor in Society 

Unit 2 (Year 11) -

  • Animal Rights
  • Planet Earth
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Abortion

Each topic studied focuses on Christian and Muslim responses.

What skills will I develop?
Students from any or no religious background are equally valued. The course is particularly attractive to students with inquiring minds who enjoy listening to alternative points of view, discussing these orally and on the written page and who want to show their own beliefs and thoughts through clear and informed conclusions.

What examination will I take?
AQA Religious Studies Syllabus B, Units 2 and 3.

What is involved with the examination?
Two examinations at the end of Year 11, both exam 90 minutes long.

What coursework will I have to complete?
There is no coursework requirement for this course

What independent study will I have to undertake?
Throughout the course the highest grades are kept for students who show evidence of extra research. This may involve using books, the Internet, newspapers/magazines and other sources of information such as seeking the views and reactions of friends and family

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
A Religious Studies qualification is widely recognized as particularly useful for careers working with people from different backgrounds e.g. journalism, law enforcement, legal professions,  medicine and health care professions, the armed services, and retail work.


http://frogserver/index.phtml?d=518935 (R.E. FROG page)
Nelson & Thorne revision guides:
Religion & Life Issues
Religion & Morality

The Religious Education Staff

Miss H Begum
Head of RE
Mr I Grant 
Teacher of RE
Mrs H Picken
Teacher of RE
Mrs R Iman
Teacher of RE