Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School

Religious Studies


As a department we believe that Religious Education is at the heart of a Catholic school. The department hopes to work with the whole school to develop the community of faith.

Our curriculum aims to deepen 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.

Religious Studies

At Key Stage 3 we teach each group for two hours per week in Years 7 and 8 whilst Year 9 enjoy three hours per week. We deliver a curriculum designed to fully meet the requirements of the Bishops Curriculum Directory and keep pupils engaged with religious teachings and practices, as well as raising questions of morality and personal development.

Year 7

Pupils explore concepts integral to our faith through units of work such as "Community", "World Poverty" and "Creation". Pupils will also begin to develop their understanding of other world faiths through a study of "Hinduism".

Year 8

Pupils have the opportunity to study Islam, enabling them to compare and contrast core beliefs of the Abrahamic religions. Our module on "Covenant" allows pupils to explore both Old and New Testament history and make links between the two. Other units of work this year include "Reconciliation", "The Church" and "Jesus".

Year 9

This year pupils will examine key events in the liturgical year, exploring their importance to the Christian faith. Pupils also compare pilgrimages from different faiths and are encouraged to think about the spiritual value of such journeys. Pupils end the year with an in depth study of Judaism which will aid their transition into GCSE Religious Studies.

GCSE Religious Studies

Pupils in Year 10 will study three hours per week of Religious Studies. In Year 11 studies continue for two hours per week.

All pupils follow Eduqas GCSE in Religious Studies: Route B course.

The qualification comprises of three units, which are all assessed entirely by examination at the end of Year 11.

The curriculum fulfils the requirements of the 2012 Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools & Colleges in England & Wales, published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England.

Course Components

Paper 1- Foundational Catholic Theology (37.5% of overall GCSE)

The unit contains two themes; Origins and Meaning and Good and Evil. Pupils explore key concepts such as creation, reconciliation and salvation. They are also required to apply these teachings to modern issues such as abortion.

Paper 2- Applied Catholic Theology (37.5% of overall GCSE)

This unit also consists of two themes; Life and Death, and Sin and Forgiveness. Pupils will explore both religious and non religious ideas about life after death including issues surrounding end of life care.

Paper 3- Judaism (25% of overall GCSE)

This unit allows pupils to build on the knowledge gained in Key Stage 3 and explore concepts key to the Jewish faith such as; The Shekinah, Covenant, 613 Mitzvot and the nature of God.


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:


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