We live in a world of different belief systems and values. Religious Studies looks at fundamental questions about life, death and the purpose of our existence.

It examines issues facing people in all parts of the world and helps students to understand their own personal beliefs and how they might be able to influence events.

The aim of the RE curriculum at Shuttleworth College is to enable pupils to have informed and mature conversations about religion. Religious Education students acquire knowledge and skills that help them develop as informed, engaged and thoughtful global citizens.

The Key Stage Three RE curriculum has been created using the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus, meaning we are covering all relevant materials necessary. The requirements for RE according to the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus are that all major world religions must be taught as well as a Humanist approach to life also. Therefore, pupils will be taught about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism as the major world religions. In addition to this, we will also be teaching about Humanism. This will prepare the students for the Key Stage Four Religious Studies course, if this is something they wish to choose to study further.

We support literacy by…

creating a curriculum that builds upon opportunities to enable students to develop their speaking, listening, discussion and debating skills. In Religious Studies we support literacy by offering opportunities to develop reasoned judgements and develop empathetic writing.

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How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?

Students are set as in their English lessons.

How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?

Students will study RS for one hour per fortnight at Key Stage 3. Students studying GCSE RS will study for 5 hours per fortnight.

What are the career opportunities with this subject?

A qualification in Religious Studies is a stepping stone to a wide range of future opportunities.  The skills you develop will support you in further studies and employment.   Furthermore, as you enter the world of work, you will be expected to work alongside people with different beliefs than your own.   Religious Studies will teach the skills and understanding needed to work with people of all faiths and cultures.    These skills are vitally important in all careers especially professions such as the police, retail, teaching, the law, the caring professions and the armed forces, in fact any profession that brings you into contact with other people.


Miss L Binns


Religious Studies Syllabus

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Religious Studies Curriculum Map

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“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths”

Muhammad Ali

“In Religious Studies we learn about other people’s beliefs and have a chance to discuss things like morals and ethics. Everything from the creation of the world; to tolerance, respect, forgiveness, and reconciliation; to ideas of the afterlife!”

Year 9 Student