Enabling young people growing up in a diverse society to understand the views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own.

Religious Studies is an important subject at Reach because: 

  • Issues of religion and belief frequently top the news agenda and Religious Studies helps make sense of them. 
  • Religious Studies allows young people growing up in a diverse society to understand the views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own. 
  • Religious Studies provides space for young people to reflect on their own ideas and develop their thoughts about questions of meaning and ethics. 

By having access to good Religious Education at Reach, young people are equipped to handle issues in their lives, preparing them for the workplace and adult life.

In year 9 students explore the six main world religions, examining their beliefs and practices alongside moral and ethical viewpoints. 

In years 10 and 11 we follow Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification B. We study 2 religions: Islam and Christianity (Split 50/50).  The two components we study are:

  1. Religion and Ethics (Christianity) Paper 1 
  2. Religion, Peace and Conflict (Islam) Paper 2 

Students sit 2 examination papers (each for a different religion and worth 50%). Each exam lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The four content sections for paper 1 are:

The Christianity GCSE text book used at ReachBeliefs 
Marriage and the Family 
Living the Religious life 
Matters of Life and Death 

The four content sections for paper 2 are:

The Islam GCSE text book used at ReachBeliefs 
Crime and Punishment 
Living the Religious life 
Peace and Conflict 
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