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REligious education and Philosophy

Key Stage 3 Summary

We believe that a strong understanding of religion is crucial for students to understand the rich religious influences in Hackney, London and the world beyond.

Religious Education at Bridge is characterised by a focus on religious literacy (reading and understanding the core texts), exploring differences and similarities within and between faiths, and recognising non-religious worldviews, such as atheism and humanism

Key Stage 3 RE follows these main topics:



Term 2

`Term 3

Year 7

The Old Testament

The New Testament




Muslim Beliefs


Judaism in the Modern World

Year 8

Islam in Practice





Varieties of Christian Practice



Buddhism in the Modern World

Year 9

The Sanctity of Life


Religious Experience and Revelation

The Problem of Evil


The Existence of God

New Religious Movements


Sociological Views of Religion

In RE thoughtful, rigorous and frank debate is central to how we learn. We expect students to be tolerant of each other whilst engaging in lively discussion.

Key Stage 4 Summary

At GCSE we study AQA Religious Studies over a two year course.

We cover:


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 9

The Sanctity of Life


Religious Experience and Revelation

The Problem of Evil


The Existence of God

New Religious Movements


Sociological Views of Religion

Year 10

Christian Beliefs


Islamic Beliefs

Christian Practices


Islamic Practices

Religion and Life 

Revision and exam practice

GCSE RS has become far more rigorous with recent government changes, requiring students to have specific knowledge of religious texts and to also be able to evaluate information for strengths and weaknesses.

Key Stage 4 Revision

For Sample Questions Click Here

This is all of the example questions (with mark schemes) the exam board has provided. Students should find the appropriate paper (Christianity, Islam, Thematic Studies 2B – Families and Relationships, Religion and Life, Existence of God and Revelation and Religion and Conflict.

Use these to practice!

Key Stage 5 Summary

We study AQA Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics in a two year linear course.

It is a highly academic A Level which remains highly respected for the grounding it gives students in logic, argumentation and essay writing skills.

Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media.

Religious studies is a thought provoking subject and AQA’s contemporary themes help inspire engaging classroom discussion.

The three main units are:

  • Philosophy of Religion

  • Ethics and Religion

  • Christianity 




Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

Arguments for the existence of God

Ethical theories

Religious experience and language

Applied Ethics: Issues of life and death

Miracles and life after death  

Meta ethics, free will and the conscience 


Year 13

Sources of wisdom and God

Good conduct, expression and gender

Dialogues - Synoptic links between Philosophy, Ethics and Christianity

Revision and A Level exam  (3 hours x2)


Students will become increasingly independent across their A Level years in order to prepare them for university and beyond.  Students are required to read around the subject frequently and develop their own specialism and specific topics of interest.

Useful Links

The Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics assessment resources can be found here


The Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics examination specification we follow can be found here




It is really important you use your exercise book to revise- this should act as a revision guide.

Below is a list of websites that can also help with your revision.

When you’ve decided what you need to revise (by using the AQA specification, try one of these activities):

1. Make flash cards of key words or concepts and then practice with a friend or family member

2. Create a mind map from memory of a topic. Then check your notes and add to your mindmap in a different colour.

3. Answer an exam question. Then mark it using a mark scheme (see below for GCSE and A level links to papers). Now use your notes to make your corrections until you have a full mark model answer.  

Key Stage 5 Revision – AQA

Mr Chris Brown

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