Religious Studies

General Subject Information

Given the importance and influence of religion in general and of Christianity in particular, both in our history and in the contemporary world, a broad and balanced education for our children requires a place for Religious Studies in the curriculum. Pupils’ understanding of history, literature, music, art, and the cultural and political diversity of our modern world is enhanced by an academic study of religion, based on sound educational principles. Also, in our increasingly secular, materialistic and technological society, Religious Studies allows pupils to consider religious and spiritual perspectives on life.

In Religious Studies, pupils have the opportunity to think for themselves, giving opinions on moral and religious issues. They gain knowledge of the Bible, centring on the life and teachings of Christ. Pupils also have an opportunity to understand and learn about the beliefs and practices of world religions other than their own, in an open-minded and respectful way.


Our Aims

  • Provide pupils with the opportunities to explore, question and appreciate their own faith.
  • Develop a Knowledge and understanding of a variety of faith and belief systems in order that pupils can live and work in a culture of mutual respect and tolerance within our increasingly diverse society.
  • To promote the spiritual and moral development of each student.
  • Create an environment where individuals are valued and that each young person’s view is respected.
  • Understand the beliefs and practices of religious traditions other than their own in an open-minded and tolerant way.
  • Think for themselves, giving reasons and opinions on moral and religious issues.


Topic Content 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The NI Curriculum for Religious Studies covers the following objectives over three years:

  • The Revelation of God
  • The Christian Church
  • Morality and World Religions

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

CCEA GCSE overview

Year 11 – Matthew’s Gospel (50% taken by written paper at the end of Year 11)

Year 12 – Christian Ethics (50% taken by written paper at the end of Year 12)


Career Opportunities

Religious Studies develops skills such as communication, managing information, critical thinking and showing empathy. These skills can lead onto study in further or higher education in a range of areas and potential careers such as:

Counselling, Community Work, Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Police, Human Resources, Solicitors, Law, Youth Work and Publishing.