Religious Education

Why Choose Religious Education

The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. (Coventry and Warwickshire Locally Agreed Syllabus)


Department Ethos

Religious education contributes dynamically to our student’s education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be a human.


Through their work in RE, it is hoped that pupils will learn that religions have a commitment to morality and social justice by demonstrating care and respect to all and having a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. Through their studies, visits to places of worship and meeting people from religious and belief communities student’s will develop an empathetic understanding of cohesion and integration within the school setting.


Curriculum | Key Stage 3

Students will extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews. They will build on their prior learning of the six major world religions exploring in depth the belief system, values and the impact on wider current affairs.


Alongside the above, students will explore thematic topics of prejudice, justice and the environment. Students will be given the opportunity to apply their knowledge of religions to these key themes and focus on how those of faith express and live out their beliefs.


Curriculum | Key Stage 4

All Blue Coat students study RE at GCSE. We are currently following the AQA A Religious Education specification with a focus on Christianity and Islam. Students will build on the wealth of knowledge taught at KS3 and deploy these skills to interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority. Students will learn to weigh up the value of wisdom and express their insights and to agree or disagree respectfully.


Students engage in the following themes: Relationships and Families, Peace and Conflict and Crime and Punishment.


Curriculum | Key Stage 5

Blue Coat offers A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religion through the WJEC specification. Students study the Christianity component.

The specification is made up of three components:

Component 1: An Introduction to Christianity. This component provides the opportunity for learners to enter a theological realm of study. Students will develop a critical understanding and awareness of Christianity and its place in the wider world. We will be covering themes ranging from religious figures & sacred texts to practices that shape a religious identity.

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion. This component provides the opportunity for learners to enter a philosophical realm of study. Students will acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of some of the key features of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to religious experience and the problem of evil.

Component 3: An Introduction to Religion and Ethics. This component provides the opportunity for learners to enter an ethical realm of study

Students will acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of key ethical concepts and theories, ranging from moral absolutism to utilitarianism, ethical language and thought to free will and determinism.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Amnesty International Club

Intervention for GCSE exam


Future Careers

Students completing any of the qualifications in Religious Studies have gone on to careers in a wide range of fields, including the NHS, civil service, social/youth/community work, teaching, higher education, sales and advertising, human resources, and journalism.


Exam Board & Specifications

Current curriculum specifications can be downloaded below: