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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.

During Year 10 and 11 students study 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).

More details in KS4 brochure


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

Religious Studies (Eduqas).

This course is made up of three components:

  • Christianity.
  • Philosophy or Religion.
  • Religion and Ethics.

During this A Level, students will undertake an in-depth and broad study of Christianity covering themes ranging from religious figures and sacred texts to practises that shape religous identity. We well also focus on the existance of God and the use of religious language. Finally, we will study fundamental ethicals issues such as ethical language, free will and determinism.


Departmental Team

Mrs E Hoyland (Subject Leader)

Mrs M Cameron (Acting Subject Leader)

Miss C Fraser

Mrs T Griffin