Religious Education

Subject Leader

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

Teaching Staff

Ms K Culleton – kculleton@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

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

Miss M Wells – mwells@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 Testament StudiesThe 5 Pillars of IslamCivil UnrestJesus in Art
Year 8Buddhism IntroThe ChurchEthical ValuesNew Testament Studies
Year 9Buddhism - Beliefs and TeachingsPhilosophyIslamic TraditionsJudaism - Introduction


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 TeachingsRelationships and FamiliesIslamic Beliefs and TeachingsThe existence of God
Year 11Christian PracticesPeace and ConflictIslamic PracticesDialogues between religious and non-religious people


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