Broughton Hall Catholic High School - Curriculum / Religious Education

Religious Education


Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone.

Pope Francis

Religious Education As a Catholic school, our aim is that every child achieves their full potential as an individual made in the image and likeness of God. This encompasses every dimension of the pupil: spiritual, moral, social, academic, physical and artistic. Our vision is that young people will learn to be good citizens of the world, enriching society through a positive contribution to their community and beyond. Our curriculum is the vehicle through which we support and nurture our young people to achieve this potential. We believe that knowledge empowers and enables our pupils to feel and be successful, and that this is the entitlement of every child.

In RE students learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national, and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to ethical and philosophical questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insight in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Through teaching, students will be equipped with systematic knowledge and an understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It will enable students with an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with all its diversity.


Religious Education at Broughton Hall has been recognised for its quality of teaching and learning of RE by the Quality Mark award, when it received Gold. The Religious Studies Department is dedicated to the most basic of subject objectives, and seeks to explore the religious dimension of life and to give pupils a chance to be aware of the nature and effect of religious experience. We are a thriving successful department, and our teaching conforms to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. In the light of our mission statement we endeavour to interpret human knowledge and experience in the light of Gospel values.

The department is a hard working forward thinking team. Our success as a department is rooted in good challenging person centred relationships between staff and students, as well as our determination to continually incorporate and develop new techniques to enhance our work. The department is situated in the C block, and all of this building houses RE. It has well equipped classrooms, and is excellently resourced with textbooks, artefacts, videos and computer software, and has 6 subject-specialist teachers.

Programme of Study KS3

In a forever changing world, with new concepts and ideas, religion and worldviews are central to supporting our way of life and can help us to approach new challenges in our daily lives with an awareness of wisdom and empathy. Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils' awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

As a department we aim to encourage students to develop further on their spiritual journey through faith and allow students to explore other world religions, and reflect on the importance of these views and teachings within their own lives. As a Catholic school we have a duty to both nourish and strengthen our faith together through the gospel values and teach with kindness and compassion, just as Jesus did, so that students understand the importance and true purpose of living as people of God.

In year 7 we focus on an awareness of belonging and what it means to be a member of the Mercy International community and the Catholic faith. We explore areas of the Catholic faith so that students have a greater understanding of their faith and purpose. In year 8 we explore what it means to live within the faith by examining the Old Testament and exploring the journey of Covenants. We also allow students the opportunity to reflect on what faith means to them and how it is relevant in the 21st Century. In year 9 students are given the opportunity to embark on a philosophical and ethical quest to question the faith and apply their knowledge and understanding of faith to real life issues and big questions. Year 9 is the chance to ask and debate the 'big questions' and really develop key skills of analysis and evaluation ready for GCSE.

Programme of Study KS4

Head of Department: Mrs J. Spike
Contact email address:
Specification: EDUQAS
Qualification: GCSE

Science At key stage 4, in years 10 and 11 all students continue to follow Eduqas Route B (Catholic Christianity and Judaism.) Students are graded 1-9. A final examination consisting of 3 exam papers takes place at the end of year 11.

How is the course structured & assessed?

Foundational Catholic Theology: 37.5% Exam: 1½ hours, 90marks
Applied Catholic Theology: 37.5% Exam: 1½ hours, 90marks
Judaism: 25% Exam: 1 hour, 60marks

Theme 1: Origins and Meaning
Introduction - 1 week
Origins and Meaning - 4 weeks
Beliefs on Creation - 2 weeks

Theme 1: Origins and Meaning (continued)
The Bible - 1 week
Forms of expression in painting - 1 week
Forms of expression and symbolism - 1 week
Practices: CST, CAFOD, SVP - 2 weeks

Theme 2: Good and Evil
Introduction - 1 week
Good, evil and suffering - 3 weeks
Trinity - 1½ weeks
Incarnation - 1½ weeks

Theme 2: Good and Evil (continued)
Jesus and Moral Authority - 2 weeks
Sculpture and Statuary - 1½ weeks
Practices: pilgrimage, Lourdes, piety - 2 weeks

Beliefs and Teachings
The Nature of God - 1½ weeks
Messiah (Mashiach) - 1 week
Covenant - 1½ weeks
Life on Earth - 1 week
The afterlife - 1 week

Worship in Britain and elsewhere - 1 week
The Synagogue & Daily Life - 1½ week
Rituals - 2 weeks
Festivals - 2 weeks

Theme 3: Life and Death
Introduction - 1 week
Death and the Afterlife - 2½ weeks
Eschatology - 1½ weeks
The Magisterium - 2 weeks

Theme 3: Life and Death
Artefacts - 1½ weeks
Music and the funeral rite - 1 week
Practices: Prayer in Catholic communities - 2 Weeks

Theme 4: Sin and Forgiveness
Crime and Punishment - 1½ weeks
Forgiveness - 1 week
Practices: - 2

Programme of Study KS5

Key Information

Level: A Level
Examination Board: OCR
Subject Leader: Mrs Spike

Entry Requirements

Religious Studies Grade 6
English Grade 6

Why Choose this course?

An A Level in Religious Studies will encourage learners to:

develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world

develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion

develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies

adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion

reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study

have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to contemporary issues, giving a greater understanding of the world around them

feel inspired and motivated, while challenging and developing their perceptions of different world religions

respond critically and engage with a wealth of philosophical, ethical and religious concepts, equipping them with analytical skills readily transferable to other subjects.


It is an A level that opens up many opportunities for a wide range of careers. You may wish to go into a career in the field of pure Chemistry itself or you may go into a totally unrelated discipline. It is an essential A-level for courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, biochemistry and microbiology.

Course Content

Philosophy of religion
Learners will study (33.3% of total A-level):

ancient philosophical influences

the nature of the soul, mind and body

arguments about the existence or non-existence of God

the nature and impact of religious experience

the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil

ideas about the nature of God

issues in religious language.

Religion and ethics
Learners will study (33.3% of total A-level):

normative ethical theories

the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance

ethical language and thought

debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience

sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Developments in religious thought-Christianity
Learners will study (33.3% of total A-level):

religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world

sources of religious wisdom and authority

practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition

significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought

key themes related to the relationship between religion and society