Religious Education/Studies

At Key Stage 3 we follow the Religious Education Curriculum Directory and the syllabus is based on ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’

  • The Faith Community
  • God’s Promises Revealed
  • The Saviour
  • Sacraments
  • Hinduism
  • The Church
  • Creation
  • Covenant
  • Sikhism
  • The Mass
  • The Pascal Mystery
  • The Mission of the Church
  • God’s Call
  • Morality and Conscience
  • Spiritual Quest
  • Dialogue with Other Faiths – Islam
  • Life in the Spirit
  • Human Community


Religious Studies has a special status within the 14-19 Curriculum and is a statutory subject at Key Stage 4.  At St. Michael's it forms part of the core Curriculum and is studied by all Year 10 and Year 11 girls to GCSE level.  Students begin work on GCSE Religious Studies in the summer term of Year 9.

We hope that the knowledge you gain will nourish and strengthen your faith, equipping you with the right attitudes and skills such as research, analysis, logic and reasoning, evaluation and creativity.  These will assist you in your future years to make decisions of moral importance and have a wealth of information and knowledge at your disposal. 

Content of the Course

This syllabus is set by AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification B.

This includes the study of Catholic Christianity (Religion 1 50%), a study of Judaism (Religion 2A 25%) and the study of St. Mark’s Gospel (Religion 2B 25%).

St. Mark’s Gospel
Theme D: St Mark’s Gospel – the life of Jesus

  • The early ministry of Jesus
  • The later ministry of Jesus
  • The final days in Jerusalem
  • The significance for 21st century Christians of key events in the life of Jesus

Theme E: St Mark’s Gospel as a source of spiritual truth

  • The Kingdom of God
  • Jesus’ relationship with those disregarded by society
  • Faith and Discipleship
  • The significance and importance for 21st century Christians of incidents and teaching recorded by Mark

Catholic Christianity
Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption
  • Church
  • Eschatology.

Perspectives on Faith: Judaism

  • Key beliefs
  • The Covenant and the mitzvot
  • The synagogue and worship

Exams are taken at the end of Year 11.
Assessment for each unit there is a 1 hour and 45 minute examination.

Key Stage 5 RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Philosophy and Ethics
This is an OCR course, specification OCR H172/H572.

For AS pupils study:  
G571 – Philosophy of Religion 1 G572 – Ethics 1
  • Ancient Greek Influences on Religious Philosophy
    • Plato: the analogy of the Cave
    • Plato: the concept of Forms
    • Aristotle: ideals about cause and purpose in relation to God
  • Judaeo – Christian influences on Philosophy of Religion
  • Traditional arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges to Religious Belief: Problem of Evil/Religion and Science
  • Ethical Theories
    • Introduction to key terms
    • Natural Law
    • Kantian Ethics
    • Utilitarianism
    • Religious Ethics (Christian)
  • Applied Ethics
    • Abortion: the right to a child
    • Euthanasia
    • Genetic Engineering
    • War and Peace
For A2, pupils study:  
G581 – Philosophy of Religion 2 G582 – Ethics 2
  • Religious Language
  • Religious Experience
    • Experience and Religion
    • Miracles
  • Attributes
    • Nature of God
  • Life and Death: The Soul
    • Life and Death
  • Religious Ethics
    • Meta-Ethics
    • Freewill and Determinism
    • The Nature and Role of Conscience
    • Virtue Ethics
  • Applied Ethics
    • Sexual Ethics
    • Business Ethics
    • Environmental Ethics

All pupils in KS5 have one lesson of Core RE per week. The study a range of topics which are designed to help them explore faith issues. Topics include:

  • An Introduction to Ethics
  • Baha’i and Buddhism
  • A Pilgrim People
  • Human Rights
  • Vocation
  • Catholicism and Politics
  • Music and Religion
  • Life After Death
  • Religious Belief and Practice
  • Prayer
  • Church History
  • Sociology of Religion

Also in KS5 pupils can opt to follow a Catechetics Programme (“Heart Speaks to Heart”) which is endorsed by the diocese

In addition

  • ALL pupils in KS3 and KS4 go on retreat. Retreat venues include: Aylesford Priory, SPEC, St Alban’s Cathedral and St Edmund’s in Ware.
  • There is an optional residential retreat for Y12 in Whitstable
  • The TenTen Theatre Company come into school to deliver an Enrichment Day for Year 11.
  • There are visits to Neasden Temple (Year 7) and a local mosque (Year 9)
  • There is an opportunity to work as a volunteer Red Cap on the Westminster Pilgrimage to Lourdes (min age 16)
  • There is an opportunity to go as a volunteer to go to Kenya and work with our partner schools (Year 13)
  • There is a weekly meditation group
  • Mass is celebrated every Friday in the school chapel






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