RE at Saltash Community School has two aims, to enable pupils to investigate their own spirituality and morality (as part of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) and to equip them with skills which will be of great benefit to them academically and in life. Pupils are encouraged to consider what has shaped our culture and society. To that end, Christianity is the main religion studied and full use is made of current events to help pupils explore how they and groups of people are affected by today’s constantly-changing world. Just as importantly, we hope to help pupils develop the tools they need to deal with such challenges. Respecting differences, understanding others’ views and being able to justify their opinions from a well-informed standpoint are just some examples.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, all pupils follow a curriculum of department-devised schemes of work. In order to prepare pupils for the demands of GCSE, some of the basic knowledge they need is taught in Key Stage 3. However, we are mindful of the needs and skill levels of everyone. Lessons take place once each fortnight in Year 7. Year 8 and Year 9 lessons take place twice each fortnight.

Year 7

Year 7 is an exciting time at Saltash Community School; we aim to be part of that by fostering enjoyment in the RE classroom and an enthusiasm for the subject.

Year 7, Part 1Year 7, Part 2
Introduction to IslamFestivals
Key Islamic teachingsIdentity; Sikhism and Cornwall
Community in Islam

Year 8

Year 8s build on their first year by studying religion in more detail and the impact of some more key religious figures. They also build on their exploration of community by analysing our wider society and different responses (religious and non-religious) to some current issues.

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
The Bible as a sacred textHuman rights and protestExploring “Britishness”
An investigation into Luke’s gospelThe work of some famous religious
people in relation to human rights
The challenges and opportunities
found in a multicultural society
Key features of Jesus’ life and
the Christian message
The work of some religious charities
which focus on human rights

Year 9

With GCSE RS in mind, pupils are given a head start by learning the core beliefs, teachings and practices of Buddhism and Christianity, or embedding their knowledge if they are already familiar with either religion. This gives everyone the opportunity to have a secure grasp of two hugely influential belief-systems before they take their next step in education.

Autumn Term/Spring TermSpring Term/Summer Term
Core Buddhist beliefs and conceptsCore Christian beliefs and concepts
Buddhist ethicsChristian worship
Buddhist “worship” and diversity
Christian diversity
Key Stage 4

Pupils can opt to take a GCSE in Religious Studies, which starts at the beginning of Year 10. As part of the course, pupils study religious and non-religious approaches to issues of relationships, life and death, good and evil, and human rights. They also deepen their understanding of Christian and Buddhist beliefs, teachings and practices.

All pupils follow a non-examined Religion and Ethics programme. This allows pupils to deepen their understanding of important issues and develop their inter-personal and study skills. We believe that these things will not only help them get the most out of GCSE RS, but also help to prepare them for GCSEs in other subjects, particularly English, History and Science. It also develops some of the skills and knowledge required for many A-Level courses, particularly Philosophy, Sociology, Politics and Biology.

Specifically, pupils learn about ethical theories to be found in AQA’s A-Level Philosophy specification and are also introduced to unfamiliar faith-based ethical frameworks. These are explored in the contexts of contemporary moral issues and the pupils’ own worldviews. In keeping with a discussion-based method of enquiry closely aligned with the Philosophy for Children approach, assessment is verbal and pupils’ engagement is shown through an effort grade on Attainment Trackers.

Non-GCSE RS pupils have RE lessons once each fortnight. GCSE RS pupils have this fortnightly lesson as well as five GCSE lessons each fortnight.

Year 10 & 11:

WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in Religious Studies, Route A

This course provides opportunities for the exploration of important questions of meaning within a range of contemporary issues. It also gives students the chance to learn about two religions in depth. Teachers make use of a variety of teaching approaches, media, resources and enrichment opportunities to enable the students to have a clearer understanding of the variety of beliefs, teachings and practices within those two religions, as well as of the influence of beliefs on their world.

A Religious Studies GCSE allows Religious Education to link closely with other subjects, particularly History, Science and Personal Development. It
also develops some of the skills and knowledge required for many A-Level courses, particularly Philosophy, Sociology and Politics. We feel that this
active contribution to students’ development is a key role of the course. When it comes to RE as a whole at, we feel we need to ask our
students questions, not give set answers.

This GCSE:

  • develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
  • develops learners’ knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and practices, including through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying
  • develops learners’ skills in constructing well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
  • provides opportunities for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life
  • challenges learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contribute to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.

Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World
(50% of qualification, two hour exam)

Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death
Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil
Theme 4: Issues of Human Rights

This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes.

Component 2: Study of Christianity (25% of qualification, one hour exam)

Candidates will study beliefs, teachings and practices. This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes.

Component 3: Study of Buddhism (25% of qualification, one hour exam)

Candidates will study beliefs, teachings and practices. This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes.

Following this specification will enable learners to:

  • deepen their understanding of the relationship between people
  • become informed about common and divergent views within traditions in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fact that religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian
  • understand that religious traditions in Great Britain are diverse and include the following religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as other religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism.
Key Stage 5


Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)


Philosophy is thinking about life’s big questions. It’s about being a mental detective. If you’ve ever wondered how we know what’s real, where ideas of right and wrong come from and where we are going, then you’ve already started the journey. This is the next step, where you have the opportunity to engage with significant concepts in a non-religious context.

Grade 4 or above in GCSE RS and English.

Year 12
Epistemology (the study of knowledge)
• What is knowledge?
• How do we know things?
• What are the limits of knowledge?
Moral philosophy
• Theories of how we should behave (Ethics)
• Applying Ethics to issues like stealing and simulated killing (within computer games, plays, films etc.)
• Meta-ethics – where do morals come from? Are morals “facts” or are they subjective?
Year 13
Metaphysics of God
• What is ‘God’?
• Arguments relating to the existence of God.
• Religious language.
Metaphysics of Mind
• What do we mean by “Mind”?
• Dualism – how do the mind and body relate to each other?
• Physicalism – is everything physical or dependent upon the physical?
• Functionalism – do mental states play a certain role within our brain?


• Be clear and precise in your thinking and writing.
• Engage with complex texts.
• Construct and defend your own arguments.
• Analyse and evaluate the arguments of yourself and others.

There are two exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1 – Epistemology and Moral philosophy: 3 hours, 50% of final grade.
• Paper 2 – Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind: 3 hours, 50% of final grade.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

Philosophy is highly valued in many careers, including Education, Medicine, Law and more! In fact, philosophical skills can help in all jobs and are used in almost every area of life. Philosophy can be studied at university on its own or with various other subjects.