Year 9 Curriculum - Religious Studies

SYLLABUS: AQA Religious Studies A

In Year 9 all students continue to study the statutory requirements for Religious Education and begin the study of the GCSE style course offered in Year 10. The course is required to reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the principal religions represented in Great Britain.

The students engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth and their influence on human life, as well as reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes as part of their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.

Religious Studies is a good foundation for any student keen on thinking critically, pursuing many careers, including teaching, charity work, community-based care roles, government and policy making, medical professions, management/human resources or a legal profession.

The GCSE syllabus we follow in Year 9 will encourage candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. As they begin their study of philosophical and ethical issues as citizens of an ever-changing world, it will challenge and equip students to lead constructive lives in society and encourage them to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of ideas, religious perspectives and life itself.

Specific areas of study include:

The existence of God and Revelation looking at:

  • Does God exist?
  • Does the problem of evil and suffering prove God does/does not exist?
  • Miracles
  • Teleological and cosmological arguments
  • Creation
  • Special and general revelation

Crime and Punishment looking at:

  • What is crime?
  • Reasons for committing crime
  • How should criminal be treated?
  • Religious attitudes to criminals
  • Capital and corporal punishment
  • Forgiveness


This course will enable students to:

  • Develop a deeper knowledge of world religions.
  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, that can be transferred to their study of other subjects.
  • Explore and reflect on fundamental questions and engage with them intellectually.
  • Enhance their spiritual and moral development.
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world and to contribute to social and community cohesion.
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.



Assessments will take place in class for the duration of the year.

Religious Studies encourages learners to develop the ability to construct well argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments. The Religious Studies Department traditionally achieves excellent results compared to national data and aims to continue this success with the new specification.

Religious Education is directed by the Locally Agreed Syllabus of Hampshire, Living Difference. Parents/carers maintain the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education.  Permission to withdraw students from Religious Education should be addressed to the Headteacher. No reason is required by law for this withdrawal.


Enquiries to: Mrs C Wartnaby - Learning Leader: Religious Studies