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RS and Philosophy examines people’s beliefs and how those beliefs affect the way in which people live their lives. It also asks some of the biggest questions about life itself – about what people think about the purpose of life, about how we decide what is right and wrong and about important events in people’s lives.

Year 7

In Year 7, we begin by looking at philosophical questions and explore some of the answers given to them in the Judeo-Christian tradition. We also look at the life and teaching of Jesus as well as examining how Christian beliefs affect the lives of Christian believers.

Year 8

In Year 8, we study Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism, looking at how each religion started, its main teachings, its holy writings, its main places of worship, its festivals and rites of passage. We want to know what their followers believe, how those beliefs affect their lives and why they are important to them.

Year 9

In Year 9, we begin with an introduction to philosophy. We look at some of the big questions that people ask about the purpose of life, whether there is a God and why there is evil and suffering in the world. We then look at how Buddhism and Islam try to answer some of these big philosophical questions.

Religious Studies at GCSE