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Second in Dept: Mrs J Caisley-Britton & Mrs C Mason (Goals Coordinator)

Teaching Staff: Mr J Kerr, Mr P Mulhearn, Mr J Arnold, Mr A Brooks, Mrs C Shand


Year 7

7.1: New Beginnings - from the branch of Creation & Covenant

7.2: God's Promises - from the branch of Prophecy & Promise

7.3: Jesus - from the branch of Galilee to Jerusalem

7.4: Sacraments - from the branch of Desert to Garden

7.5: The Holy Spirit - from the branch of To the ends of the earth

7.6: Encounter with Christianity - from the branch of Dialogue & Encounter

Year 8

8.1 Covenants - What promises has God made?

8.2 Living Islam - What does it mean to be a Muslim?

8.3 Pilgrimage - Why do people go on pilgrimage?

8.4 Creation - How did the universe begin?

8.5 Stewardship - What does it mean to be a steward of creation?

8.6 Catholic Christianity – What do Catholic Christians believe?

Year 9

9.1 Believing in God - Does God exist?

9.2 Relationships and Society – What is it like living in the UK today?

9.3 Life After Death - Is there a life after death?

9.4 Beliefs in Judaism - What do Jewish people believe?

9.5 Practices in Judaism - How do Jewish people practice their faith?

9.6 Sources of Wisdom and Authority - Which texts and scholars have influenced our world?


All students are entered for Edquas ROUTE B. All exams will be taken in the Summer Term of Year 11.

Component 1: Foundational Catholic Theology

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (37.5% of qualification)

Candidates will study the following two themes:

  • Theme 1: Origins and Meaning

  • Theme 2: Good and Evil

Component 2: Applied Catholic Theology

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (37.5% of qualification)

Candidates will study the following two themes:

  • Theme 1: Life and Death

  • Theme 2: Sin and Forgiveness

Component 3: Study of a World Faith (Judaism)

Written examination: 1 hour (25% of qualification)

Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of Judaism.


A-Level – AQA Religious Studies

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There are two assessed components. Students must take assessments in both Component 1 and Component 2 in the same exam series.

Subject content:

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

Section A: Philosophy of religion

• Arguments for the existence of God

• Evil and suffering

• Religious experience

• Religious language

• Miracles

• Self and life after death

Section B: Ethics and religion

• Ethical theories

• Issues of human life and death

• Issues of animal life and death

• Introduction to meta ethics

• Free will and moral responsibility

• Conscience

• Bentham and Kant

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Section A: Study of Christianity

• Sources of wisdom and authority

• God/gods/ultimate reality

• Self, death and the afterlife

• Good conduct and key moral principles

• Expression of religious identity

• Religion, gender and sexuality

• Religion and science

• Religion and secularisation

• Religion and religious pluralism

Section B: Dialogues

• The dialogue between philosophy of religion

• The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion and ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

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