The Highcrest Academy

Religious studies


Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to become theologians and philosophers who can make critical and balanced judgements about questions of meaning and purpose through developing religious literacy in terms of vocabulary and conceptual understanding. Our teaching and learning will ensure students acquire an in-depth understanding of the core vocabulary and theological beliefs of the Abrahamic religions and understand how these beliefs influence religious believers in their daily practice. They will be taught how to explore faiths, secular views, respond to philosophical issues and make ethical decisions, providing them with the theological, philosophical and ethical knowledge to apply their learning to contemporary issues within modern society in their GCSE study. 


Our curriculum will ensure all students develop their ability to explain and analyse religious beliefs and thematic studies using an understanding of concepts, demonstrated in their responses to end of year tests, assessments, classroom-based tasks and independent learning tasks. Our curriculum will help create mature, inquisitive well-rounded individuals, who will make a positive contribution to society by demonstrating understanding and respect to those around them, whilst having empathy for their beliefs.

Years 7 & 8

In Year 7 and 8 students have a detailed introduction to Religious Studies, looking at the World Religions and focusing on an introduction to Philosophy and Ethical issues in preparation for the GCSE.

They start by looking at why we study religion and why it is an important subject. An overview of world religions is taught and these religions are then looked at in more detail in other terms across KS3. Students will undertake an in-depth study of Islam and an independent research task on Christianity and study Hinduism in the summer term.

In Year 8 students develop their knowledge of religion considering What it is to be Religious, focusing on two of the six main religions, also looking at the difference in morality. This year sees opportunities for students to ask some big questions in religious studies and look further at religious beliefs.

Year 7







Year 8

Evil and Suffering


Medical Ethics

Medical Ethics


Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination

KS3 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)

Years 9,10 & 11

Over the three year GCSE, student's have the opportunity to look at religion further with an in depth study of Islam and Christianity following the AQA GCSE in Religious Studies; Option A ~ Focusing on three areas:

  • Christian – Beliefs and Practices
  • Islamic – Beliefs and Practices
  • Themes – Crime and punishment / War and peace / Families and relationships / Religion and life

Key beliefs and practice are covered with an emphasis on practical lived experience. Pupils will receive a Full GCSE.

Topics covered over the three years:

Year 9

Introduction unit

Christian Beliefs

Christian Beliefs

Crime and Punishment

Islamic Beliefs

Islamic Beliefs

Year 10

Families & Relationship

Christian Practices

Christian Practice

Religion and Life

Islamic Practices

Islamic Practices

Year 11

War and Peace



Themes recap



KS4 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)

Years 12 & 13

We are offering A-Level Ethics and Philosophy. Click here

We are studying the AQA specification, more details available by following the link below: