Eaton Bank Academy



At Key Stage 3, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics aim to:

  • Ask challenging questions about the world around us
  • Develop students’ awareness and knowledge of the principal beliefs and practices of a variety of world religions.
  • Support students’ development as they become tolerant and respectful members of a global community
  • Encourage personal growth, development and reflection.

At Key Stage 3, students will study:

Year 7

  • The BIG Questions: an introduction to philosophy and ethics
  • Judaism
  • Religion in popular culture
  • Hinduism
  • Alternative religions and mythology
  • Sikhism

Year 8

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethical Theory and Issues
  • Introduction to Christianity


Students will be following the AQA Specification A GCSE course with our chosen comparative religions being Christianity and Islam. Students will also study 4 ethical components:

  • Theme B: Religion and Life
  • Theme D: Peace and Conflict
  • Theme E: Crime and Punishment
  • Theme F: Human Rights and Social Justice.

Students DO NOT study Theme A: Relationships and the Family or Theme C: God and Revelation.

Students will sit two exam papers (Paper 1: Study of Religion/ Paper 2: Themes) at the end of year 10.


If you have any queries, please contact Mrs A Wright

Key Stage 4

RS GCSE involves the study of a wide range of important and challenging moral issues facing society today. Topics include abortion, euthanasia, the environment, crime and punishment, peace and conflict, prejudice and discrimination.
Philosophical questions are also explored, e.g. is there any life after death? Does life have a meaning? Why is there evil and suffering?
Students are encouraged to think these issues through seriously in an open-minded environment where any and all views are respected.
As well as developing their own views, students learn to understand the reasons other people may have different ideas to their own. A range of Christian and Muslim responses are also examined.
RS is an engaging and relevant subject: excellent preparation for life in a multi-cultural, global society. Whatever the future holds, what students learn in RS will be of value to them. It will develop their skills of discussion and help them to understand some complex issues.
A GCSE  in RS is a highly valued qualification to have for a wide range of careers, especially those connected with working with people, e.g. the medical profession, police, social work, teaching, nursery nurse.


We will follow the Edexcel Religious Studies GCSE course, “Religion in Life and Society”.  Students complete two modules.  Each module is assessed by examination at the end of Year 11.

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