Beliefs and values and philosophy and ethics

Religious Education (RE) creates opportunities for personal reflection as well as deepening knowledge and understanding of the world around us and, ultimately, developing the key skill of empathy. Religious Education contributes to students’ education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE students learn about religious and non-religious world views to discover, explore, and consider different answers to these questions.

Students learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate, and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious world views make, as well as express their insights and agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching, therefore, equips learners with knowledge and understanding of what is meant by the terms “religion” and “world view”, as well as knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious world views.

RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development as it encourages them to examine the significance of their learning in relation to themselves and others. It enables students to explore their own beliefs - religious or not, ideas, feelings, experiences, and values in the light of what they learn. RE encourages empathy and respect and enables learners to develop their own sense of identity and belonging, all whilst promoting respect and tolerance of different beliefs, values, and ideas.

Ultimately, RE enables positive participation in our society due to its diverse religious and non-religious world views. The course gives pupils an informed understanding of political, social, and moral issues that they will need to face as they grow up in an increasingly globalised world. Pupils learn to positively deal with controversial issues, to manage strongly held differences of belief and to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.






  • Why are some people religious?
  • Where did the universe come from? Arguments for the existence of God.
  • Christian beliefs 


  • What do Sikhs believe about the nature of God?
  • What do Muslims believe?


  • Why do people suffer? Including the Problem of Evil and Suffering.
  • Is there life after death?



  • What does it mean to live as a Muslim or Sikh in Britain today?


  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Do religions bring conflict or harmony?


  • What does justice mean?
  • How do believers follow their religion?



  • How do you make moral decisions?
  • What are the origins of the universe and human responsibility?


  • Why is Social Justice important?
  • What are the rights and wrongs of medical ethics?


  • How have attitudes to marriage and the nature of family life changed?






  • Ethical issue: Crime and Punishment
  • Buddhist beliefs and teachings


  • Ethical issue: Relationships and Families
  • Christian beliefs and teachings


  • Christian beliefs and teachings
  • Ethical issue: Peace and Conflict







  • Ethical issue: Religion and Life
  • Christian practices


  • Buddhist practices
  • Revision of all topics
  • Revision of all topics
  • Examinations



Core (P4L) 

Should we harm any living thing?


What makes us human?


·       How does the media portray religion?




Core (P4L)

Are miracles real?


Are religious laws outdated?

·       Can we respect and have tolerance for all faiths and beliefs?



Humanities pathways

Prejudice and discrimination

Contentious issues in the modern world

·       Completion of all coursework

I love this subject as we are always relating learning to our lives and have some really good debates, you can’t be wrong if you explain your thoughts fully
Year 11 student
I enjoy this subject as it makes me think about the world around me and the people in it. We learn about things that are important in life and always get to say what we think
Year 8 student