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Religious Education

RE is a compulsory subject and our students follow a rich programme of study from Y7 to Y11.

The programme of study that follows reflects the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE.

Student learning in the classroom is enriched by visitors from Christianity and other faiths and occasional trips to places of worship, such as the Hindu Mandir, Sikh Gurdwara, and potentially a mosque.

All students are considered for entry for GCSE Religious Studies.  Our focus religions at GCSE are Christianity and Islam.


Key Stage 3 - UNITS OF WORK

Year 7

  1. Why RE?  Looking at religion in today’s world, issues surrounding it, and freedom to practice personal beliefs.  Philosophical discussion forms the basis of this unit.
  2. Hinduism:  A study of the oldest of the world’s main religions.
  3. Buddhism:  An exploration of the life of the Buddha and his teachings on enlightenment.

Year 8

  1. Sikhism: The place of the youngest world religion in our society today.
  2. Judaism: What it means to be a Jew in today’s world, and learning from the Holocaust. This is also a foundation course for the study of Christianity and Islam at GCSE.
  3. Christianity:  What it means to be a Christian, the message of Christianity and the spread of the Church.


Y9-11 - GCSE

Students follow GCSE Religious Studies Specification A, AQA.

Most students work towards achieving a full GCSE qualification.


Students take examinations in the following two components:

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

Our focus religions are Christianity and Islam

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes


Component 2: Thematic studies

A study of four of the following religious, philosophical and ethical studies themes:

·         Theme A: Relationships and families.

·         Theme B: Religion and life.

·         Theme C: Religion, peace and conflict.

·         Theme D: Religion, crime and punishment.

·         Theme E: Religion, human rights and social justice.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes


A good foundation of understanding regarding the diverse beliefs and practises in contemporary society is essential preparation for young people to equip them for life in the wider world.  In addition, results at GCSE have been excellent at Nidderdale.