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Religious Education

Head of Department: Mr M Sumba (Acting Head of Department)

If you wish to learn more about the curriculum, please contact the Head of Department by email: ­­­­

Section 48 Validation (October 2013)

“Religious Education in the school is outstanding. The dedicated and progressive RE (religious education) department make a distinctive and wide contribution to the academic and spiritual success of the school as a whole”

RE at Oaklands is at the heart of the school and as well as gaining some of the highest GCSE results as a Core Subject.


Our RE programme aims at deepening young people’s knowledge, understanding and effective appreciation of the Catholic faith tradition, of other religions and of contemporary religious issues.
It is concerned with informing young people about religion so that they will be a in a better position to assess what religion and personal faith might contribute to their lives.

We strive to develop in young people the skills necessary for an objective, empathetic and critical study of religion. They can be helped to gain confidence in their own ability to inquire into religion and religious issues so that in turn they can be more confident in being able to make decisions about faith, values and lifestyle.


At Key Stage 3 students will follow our ‘Pilgrim Journey’ scheme of work which is based around the 2012 Curriculum Directory from the Bishops of England and Wales. Each year is structured around a broad theme including faith, covenant and justice. Topics and assessments each follow a half termly pattern.

At Key Stage 4 all students complete elements of the AQA spec B Religious Studies syllabus, with the vast majority undertaking the Full Course through the completion of two written exams at the end of Year 11. A small number of students may be entered for the Short Course in Religious Studies.
At Key Stage 5 all students participate in the Edexcel EPQ programme which leads to certification and UCAS points. Those students who choose A Level Religious Studies complete papers in Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics and New Testament, with three equally weighted exams at the end of Year 13.


Curriculum Content

  • Years 7-9

Year 7 Topics

Year 8 Topics

Year 9 Topics

  • Our Community
  • Advent and Christmas
  • Hinduism
  • Signs and Symbols
  • Holy Week and Easter
  • Prayer Mary and the Saints
  • EPR (Education in Personal Relationships)


  • God’s Covenant
  • Jesus, the New Covenant
  • Judaism
  • Discipleship and Vocation
  • Social Responsibility
  • EPR (Education in Personal Relationships)


  • The Kingdom of God
  • Islam
  • Genocide and Healing
  • Conscience and Morality
  • Summer term: students start the GCSE course.



  • GCSE Y10 & Y11

Exam Board: AQA

Exam board specification weblink:

Year 10 Topics

Paper 1

Paper 2

Catholic Christianity

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption
  • Church and Kingdom
  • Eschatology



  • Beliefs
  • Practices


  • Peace and conflict
  • Human rights and social justice




  • A level Y12 & Y13


Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Board specification weblink:

A Level  Topics

Philosophy of Religion

Religion and Ethics

New Testament

  • Philosophical issues and questions
  • The nature and influence of religious experience
  • Problems of evil and suffering
  • Philosophical language
  • Works of scholars
  • Influences of developments in religious belief
  • Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics;
  • A study of three ethical theories;
  • Application of ethical theories to issues of importance;
  • Ethical language;
  • Deontology,
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Works of scholars;
  • Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.
  • Social, historical and religious context of the New Testament;
  • Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus;
  • Interpreting the text and issues of relationship, purpose and authorship;
  • Ways of interpreting the scripture;
  • Texts and interpretation:
  • The Kingdom of God, conflict, the death and resurrection of Jesus;
  • Scientific and historical-critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars.