Learning & Achieving Together

Religious Studies

We aim to deliver lessons that develop the use of higher level thinking skills and encourage students to think critically about the world they live in and their place in it. Our vision is to develop students’ ability to engage in philosophical and ethical debates from an early stage, which provides the foundation for the skills they require at GCSE.

Key Stage 3

All six major religions are studied exploring aspects such as sacred texts and festivals.

Year 7

  • Introduction to religion
  • Prayer in Christianity and Islam
  • Religious founders
  • Religious festivals
  • Philosophy for children (P4C)

Year 8

  • Religious symbols
  • Holy Books
  • Rites of passage
  • Buddhism and suffering
  • A history of Jewish suffering
  • Lesser known religions and belief systems

Key Stage 4 (Year 9 - 11) AQA A

Students in years 9 - 11 will cover the AQA A GCSE specification.


Short and full course:

  • Relationships
  • Christian beliefs and teachings
  • Muslim beliefs and teachings
  • Religion, peace and conflict

Full course only:

  • Christian practices
  • Muslim practices
  • Religion and life
  • Religion, crime and punishment

The course offers all students from a religious or non-religious background the opportunity to discuss common themes in a challenging environment.

Assessment and Examinations (OCR)

Short course: 1.5 hour examination

Full course: 2 x 1.5 hour examination

Key Stage 5

For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.

Click here to download 6th Form Prospectus

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra Curricular opportunities include Brentside's Big Debate which runs monthly and festivals are celebrated throughout the year.