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Religious Education

It‘s one of the most important and interesting subjects on the curriculum because it is about people. You will not only learn about different religions and how they work, but you will also come to see how similar they are in many ways, but significantly different. You will begin to realise that understanding what and why others believe, is an essential part of living in a multi-cultural and multi faith society.

In RE you‘ll also consider moral issues like abortion and crime and punishment as well as asking (and trying to answer) the big questions like ‘Why are we here?‘ ‘Does God exist?‘ and ‘Why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?‘

Key Stage 3

Religious Education is a compulsory part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Students will learn about many of the main world religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, but not necessarily in that order.

They‘ll learn tolerance, empathy; about freedom of speech, prejudice and discrimination and how to deal with it; about asking and answering difficult questions; about Theology, Philosophy and Ethics (morality).

At Vyners, Religious Education is also compulsory at Key Stage 4. We start the GCSE full course in Year 9. We believe students are mature enough at this stage to begin to look at life issues, from a religious and non-religious perspective. We do the full course GCSE in Religious Education, following the AQA specification. Thus far starting the GCSE in Year 9 has proved to be very successful.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Full course

For the first exam paper students study the course in Beliefs and Practices, which deals with issues such as the existence of God, sacraments in Christianity and the Pillars of Islam. All of these topics are studied from a Christian, Muslim and non-religious perspective. Students learn to debate and express in writing their own views on these issues.

For the second exam paper students study Thematic Studies, this includes issues such as marriage and the family, abortion, divorce, war and punishment. Again all of these topics are studied from a Christian, Muslim and non-religious perspective.


Subject Leader: Sally Nathan