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Religious Studies

How do you make friends with someone who believes different things to you?
Why does your classmate go to a different church, or temple, or mosque? 
Why don’t they go to a place of worship at all?
What happens when we die? 
Why do some people get angry over abortions, or war, or how we treat animals?


Each of us asks questions like these all the time: with our friends, our families, and when we are on our own. RE lessons at The Urswick School give students lots of opportunities to learn more about these issues, and to discuss and debate them with their teachers and friends.


Students learn about the major world religions, learn how holy books are used to help people today and share and shape their opinions on key world issues. Students will also have the opportunity to share in the whole-school life of the school, through lessons in our new St Augustine’s Chapel as well as regular services at our link church, St John-at-Hackney.


The RE department also facilitates Friday prayers for our Muslim students.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we will familiarise ourselves with the main beliefs of the 6 world religions.

In Year 7, we answer the following questions:

  • Can we prove the existence of God?
  • Why did the Buddha give up his fortune to achieve happiness?
  • How does Christianity help fight for justice?
  • What are the central beliefs within Hinduism?
  • Why is the role of the Guru important in Sikhism?
  • In Year 8, we answer the following questions:
  • What does it mean to be Jewish?
  • How can Jesus be both fully God and fully human?
  • Why is Muhammad seen as a general, politician and a prophet?
  • Why do Christians believe Jesus had to die for people’s sins?


All students will study a full course GCSE in Religious Studies, beginning in Year 9, using AQA’s Specification A syllabus. The course involves 2 units of study, each assessed by a single examination.

The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

We will look at the central beliefs and practices within Christianity and Islam such as the nature of God and the role of religious believers in local and global communities.

Thematic studies

We will look at the topics below by examining related religious teachings,   religious and philosophical arguments and their impact and influence in the modern world.

  • Relationships and families
  • Religion and life
  • Religion, Peace and conflict
  • Human rights and social justice.

In this course, students will learn how to express their opinions through constructing valid arguments, selecting relevant teachings from the Bible and Quran to support their opinions, and explain how religious believers form their own moral codes. Students in this course should come expecting heated debate, and be ready to debate and share their opinions.