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Religious Studies

The aims of Religious Education as taken from the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus are as follows:

  • To be aware of and respond to life experiences and the questions they raise.
  • To know and understand religious beliefs and practices.
  • To evaluate the significance of religious concepts, beliefs and practices by being able to express personal opinions based on the use of appropriate evidence and argument.
  • To encourage qualities of empathy, non-prejudice, open mindedness and enquiry.
  • To provide an environment in which individual commitments may be expressed, discussed and examined critically and constructively.

Religious Education is not nurturing, it is not intended to teach a particular faith to a pupil; that is the role of the family and the faith community. It should promote a tolerant understanding of, and a respect for religious believers and those of the various life philosophies in our multicultural society. 
At the Marlborough School we offer students the opportunity to study the six major world religions throughout KS3. At KS4 the GCSE in Religious Studies focuses on Christianity and Islam.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

At Key Stage 3, students explore the six world religions in Year 7, including responses to the existence of God by Western Philosophy. During Year 8 and 9, students apply these beliefs and understandings to key moral and ethical issues, such as religion and science, justice and the death penalty, and evil and suffering.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)

Religious Studies is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 4.

Year 10 will be studying Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies, Route A, the papers being:

  • Paper 1 - Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World.
  • Paper 2 - Study of Christianity.
  • Paper 3 - Study of a World Religion (Islam).

Year 11 are currently studying Edexcel Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Religious Studies (2RS01), the units being:

  • Unit 2: Religion and Life based on a Study of Christianity.
  • Unit 8: Religion and Society based on a Study of Christianity and Islam.

More details in KS4 brochure


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

Philosophy and Ethics (Edexcel).

During this A-Level, students will undertake a study in the arguments for the existence of God, miracles, evil and suffering, ethical theories, ethical dilemmas and religious language.

More details in KS5 brochure


Departmental Team

Mrs E Hoyland (Subject Leader)

Mrs T Griffin

Mrs P Woods

Miss S Rees