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Religious Education

RE at Bradfield is an important subject. All colleagues in the department are highly qualified specialists who are passionate about their subject. Teaching is active and collaborative with an emphasis on demonstrating the relevance of the topics studied to students own lives.

Whilst RE is an academic discipline in its own right, much emphasis is also placed on students personal development, helping them to understand the world they live in and their own place in that world. 

Lessons are equally accessible to students of any faith or none, and success is dependant on the ability to understand, analyse and evaluate, rather than on personal conviction.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

Year 7

Students are introduced to three strands of learning through a range of topics:

  • Religion

This strand investigates three monotheistic religions. Christianity and Judaism through textual use of the Bible. There is also a unit on Islam.

  • Philosophy and Ethics 

These strands investigates 'What is happiness?' and 'What does it mean to be Human?'

Students are given the opportunity to develop skills in expressing their own beliefs and values, both orally and in their written work.

Year 8 

Students build upon the skills accumulated in the philosophical modules in Year 7 through a study of ethical issues in our world and the role that religion and philosophical thought has in tackling these. 

We explore the key concepts of Buddhism and what religious identity means by comparing a range of religious practices.

Year 9 

Students will begin the AQA GCSE course in Religious Studies. This enables students to develop key knowledge and skills for GCSE. The focus in Year 9 are the ethical themes of Religion and Life and Relationships and Family.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

Students continue with the AQA GCSE course in Religious Studies. There are 2 written exam papers at the end of the course. 

The GCSE combines Philosophy and Ethics with a detailed study of the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam.