Religious Studies

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Religious Education at The Marlborough School is designed and structured to allow all students to develop an understanding of religious and moral concepts, as well as to explore and articulate their own ideas and beliefs. Our curriculum is knowledge-rich, ambitious and accessible for all, allowing all students the opportunity to encounter philosophical and religious ideas, exploring in-depth the Christian faith, as well as the other major world religions, as well as the non-religious worldviews of atheism and humanism. 

Religious Education strongly contributes to the Christian ethos and values of our school community, emphasising a respect for all and the development of the whole individual, so that students have an awareness and better understanding of the beliefs in their communities and the wider world, both for their time at The Marlborough, and in their future contexts.

Curriculum Map

Each KS3 unit of work is linked to the Unit Overview which specifies core knowledge, vocabulary and forms of assessment. 

GCSE and A level courses are linked to the relevant exam board specification.

Year Group

Unit of Work


Beliefs about God








Discovering Jesus

Islam & Judaism



Life after Death


Evil and suffering

Philosophy: arguments for the existence of God

GCSE Bridging Unit


Issues of life and death

Issues of relationships


RE GCSE (Full Course) Specification

Issues of good and evil

Issues of human rights

Christianity: beliefs and teachings

Christianity: practices


Islam: beliefs and teachings

Islam: practices



RS A level Specification

Ethics: Ethical thought

Christianity: religious figures and sacred texts

Philosophy: Arguments for the existence of God

Ethics: Deontological ethics

Christianity: religious concepts and life

Philosophy: challenge to belief, evil and suffering

Ethics: Teleological ethics

Christianity: religious practices that shape identity


Philosophy: religious experience


Christianity: social and historical development

Ethics: Ethical thought

Philosophy: challenges to religious belief: belief as product of the mind

Christianity: religious practices that shape identity

Ethics: Deontological ethics

Philosophy: religious experience

Ethics: Determinism and free will


Philosophy: religious language

Head of Department

Mrs E Hoyland

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