Religious Education

Subject Leader

Miss S Philip – sphilip@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Teaching Staff

Miss M Young – myoung@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Miss L Linley – llinley@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mrs N Barnes – nbarnes@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Key Stage 3 Overview

In Years 7 and 8 and 9 students study RE for 2 hours over a fortnight and be assessed on 2 skills:

AO1: demonstrating knowledge and insight

AO2: arguing and expressing views

They will study the following topics over the course of the 3 years:


Year 7Old TestamentIslamNarniaSocial Injustice
Year 8Christian ChurchEthicsHinduismJudaism
Year 9IslamNew TestamentBuddhism Peace and Conflict


GCSE overview

Years 10 and 11

Year 10 onwards begins preparation for the RE GCSE. We follow the OCR exam board: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-religious-studies-j625-j125-from-2016/

This specification aims to enable students to:

  • Become more critical and reflective in their approach to studying religion
  • Explore beliefs on key questions and respond personally
  • Enhance their spiritual, personal, social and cultural development
  • Develop their own values and opinions

Some students will choose a short course GCSE, they will study the following topics:


Year 10Christianity Beliefs and TeachingsRelationships and Families
Year 11Islamic Beliefs and TeachingsDialogues between religious and non-religious people

Some students will choose a full GCSE option they will study:


Year 10Christian Beliefs and TeachingsChristian PracticesRelationships and FamilyIslam Beliefs and teachings
Year 11Islam PracticesDialogues between religious and non-religious peopleExistence of God


A Level Overview

The school offers Religious Studies A Level (traditionally known as Philosophy and Ethics) . We follow the OCR exam board http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-religious-studies-h173-h573-from-2016/

This specification aims to enable students to:

  • Develop their interest in the study of religion and relate it to the wider world
  • Develop skills appropriate to specialist study
  • Be critical and enquiring
  • Reflect on their own values in light of their learning

Philosophy of ReligionPlato and Aristotle Arguments for the existence of GodProblem of EvilReligious ExperienceReligious languageGod’s attributes Soul
EthicsBusiness ethicsConscienceEuthanasiaUtilitarianismMeta ethicsNatural LawSexual ethics
Development in Christian ThoughtDeath and the afterlifeKnowledge of GodChallenge of secularismPluralism in society & theologyLiberation theologyPerson of JesusMoral action