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Religion and Worldviews


Hillcrest School has adopted the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Studies and has implemented the syllabus through KS3 Religion and Worldviews lessons across three lessons per fortnight.

Students are required to gain knowledge and understanding about religion, to make informed and balanced judgments about religious belief and moral issues, and to apply religious insights to the pupils’ own lives.

In Key Stage Three students adopt a thematic approach to studying all six major world religions including topics such as Pilgrimage, Inspirational people of faith and Symbols.

The teaching methods used in the department are designed to be as enriching as possible to reflect the diversity and value of living in a multi-cultural society. In addition, we take advantage of the many opportunities for linking Religious Studies to other areas of the curriculum such as the study of The Holocaust in Year 9 which compliments the study of World War Two within the History department.

Year 7 

Term 1 Tribes: Students work in groups creating their own tribal community in order to learn the common elements of the major world religions such as places of worship and religious initiation.
Term 2  Symbols: Students explore and investigate the meaning and importance of symbols across the major world religions such as The Cross, The Star of David and The Five Ks.
Term 3  The Environment: Students investigate the religious response to environmental issues and how these views reflect religious belief such as the story of Creation in Genesis. This complements environmental studies in geography.

Year 8 

Term 1 Hinduism: Students study various aspects of the Hindu religion including Puja and the Caste system.
Term 2  The life of Jesus: Students complete an in-depth study of Jesus’ life and teachings focusing on the events of Holy Week.
Term 3  Islam: Students study the various aspects of the Muslim religion including impact that the final Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had on the religion of Islam and the Five Pillars. Religion and prejudice: Students investigate the religious responses to prejudice and discrimination including British Values and tolerance.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

OCR GCSE PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS                                     



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Course Content 

Students may choose the Philosophy and Ethics full course GCSE which is an extension of the core Religious and Worldviews subject. During this course, Christianity and Islam will be examined according to the Philosophy and Ethics topics specified below. Students undertaking the course should be able to explore the significance and impact of religions and support their answers with reference to the teachings, sacred texts, beliefs and attitudes of the faiths where appropriate.

Students should reflect on the idea that religions have different approaches and attitudes and that there is diversity within each faith, its understanding of texts and its philosophy and ethical teachings. They should consider these issues in relation to the particular religion itself and to its impact on individuals, communities, and societies, locally, nationally and globally, whilst realising that these particular aspects may vary in significance between religions and communities. Students will study all the components below:

Beliefs, Teachings & Practices

Students are required to study two religions: Christianity and Islam.

Religion, philosophy, and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective

Students are required to study this from the perspective of either Christianity or Islam.

  • There are four themes to be studied:
  • Relationships and families
  • The existence of God, gods and the ultimate reality
  • Religion, peace, and conflict
  • The dialogue between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes

Assessment Details 

Students will take two one-hour examinations on a study of each religion (63 marks each), together with a two-hour paper on the second theme, Religion, philosophy, and ethics (126 marks).

Students must be able to show knowledge and understanding, as well as evaluation and discussion skills. 

Why Take This Course? 

Enabling students to develop transferable skills for work, learning and life. Personal beliefs are not important, as long as students have an open mind. Students’ opinions are encouraged and welcomed!

Philosophy and Ethics is a qualification which is valued by all universities and respected by a wide range of employers.

Students who have successfully studied A-level Philosophy & Ethics develop skills, such as reasoning and evaluation, which are valued in careers such as teaching, social work, youth work, the Civil Service, counselling and journalism.

Religion and Worldviews Reading List