Religious Education

(GCSE exam board: AQA)

Religious Education Department Aims

The R.E. department seeks to promote the spiritual and moral development of all through learning about and learning from religion. Religious Education is taught from a Catholic perspective and other world religions, namely Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam are also studied.

R.E. is an essential part of life at Painsley. It is at the heart of the school curriculum. It seeks to develop students as religiously literate young people and equips them with the skills necessary to engage in religious and moral debate. R.E. helps to support students on their faith journey, providing knowledge and understanding for spiritual reflection.

Religious Education Staff

Mrs. C. Harris – Assistant Principal, Head of Department
Mr. R. McCusker – Head of Year 7 / Leadership Development Coordinator
Mrs S. Crawford – Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator
Mrs R. Waugh – Vice Principal
Miss A. Wilson
Mr J. Beardmore
Miss H. Smith
Miss M. Sowter

Religious Education Curriculum Overview

At Key stage three, students study a varied curriculum, including :

  • Covenant
  • Love and Friendship
  • Sacraments
  • Parables
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Bible Skills
  • The Church
  • Prayer and Pilgrimage
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Creation – theological and scientific truth
  • Pupils receive four lessons of R.E fortnightly.

KS3 – Parent Support Year 7 Spring

KS3 – Parent Support Year 7 Summer

KS3 – Parent Support Year 7 Autumn

Year 7 – Assessment Framework

Year 8 – Assessment Framework

RE assessment framework KS4 2018

2017-18 parent calendar

Students follow a linear approach at GCSE (AQA – Route B; 8063) There are 2 papers:

Component 1: Catholic Christianity – Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  • creation
  • incarnation
  • the Triune God
  • redemption
  • church
  • eschatology.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

Component 2: Perspectives in Faith – A study of Judaism and Theme A: Religion, relationships and families and Theme C: Religion, human rights and social justice.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

There are two courses delivered at Key Stage 5. All students attend a Beliefs and Values course where an Extended Project Level 3 qualification is completed and some students opt to take a Philosophy, Religion and Ethics A Level qualification.

Beliefs and Values

Students complete the Edexcel Extended Project Level 3, which has a focus on Catholic Social Teaching. Students complete a 6000 word independent research project. This course attracts UCAS points and develops essential skills for the workplace or higher education.

Students study two papers:

Component 1 –

Section A: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death.

Section B: Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience

Bentham and Kant.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks

50% of A-level

Component 2 –

Section A: Study of religion – Christianity

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism.

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion.

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks

50% of A-level

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How to guides- links to tutorials



Thursday MassAll students in the school, regardless of their religious affiliation, are invited to Mass on a weekly basis. This happens most Thursdays at lunch time from 12:30 – 1pm.

RE Homework Club – All students are welcome to attend homework support every night until 4.30pm in the Pentecost Block. This club is especially useful for those who perhaps have a research homework that requires the use of the internet. Students are welcome to use the computer suite and print off any necessary materials they may need for class.

Faith in Action (FIA) group – The group investigates how we can support worldwide and local issues. They recognise the importance of being a member of the global community and work hard to encourage all at Painsley to play a part in making the world a more peaceful and equitable place.


Year 7: In-house retreat

Year 8: Alton Castle and Know Yourself in-house retreat

Year 9: Vocations day retreat – in-house

Year 10: Soli retreat days and Lourdes pilgrimage

Year 11: In-house retreat

Year 12/13: Kintbury, Bright Lights and Lourdes pilgrimage