Subject Information - Religion, Philosophy and Ethics


Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) vision is to contribute dynamically to pupils’ and students’ education in schools by posing challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

RPE should also develop in students an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diversity of beliefs. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences, whilst respecting the right of others to differ. RPE also supports pupils in developing their sense of identity and belonging and enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse world.

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is all about how people interact, the motives and emotions that can help people make their decisions. Everything around us, everything in the news and in the media is influenced by what we believe, think and what our ethics are.  There is also the opportunity to Learn about many religions, beliefs, societies and cultures.  RPE will also give you the confidence to discuss your views and explore those of others in your class.

There are visits from outside speakers as well as a PRE film club, where there is a film linked to the topic being taught at KS3.

We are planning a wider range of trips out to places of worship next year linking to the topics being taught.

Resources and support materials can be found on Google Classroom.

Please note that parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of RPE.

Further information can be requested from the Head of Department,



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

-Dimensions of Religion



-Life of Jesus

-Holy Week


Year 8




-Existence of God


-Alternative Religions


GCSE Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Exam Board


Paper 1

Christianity and Buddhism

Paper 2

Themes Units

Link to the Specification


Teaching Schedule


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9

Crime and Punishment

-Pros and cons of prisons

-Reasons for committing crime

-Types of punishment

-Death Penalty

-Corporal punishment



Christianity beliefs and Practices


-Life after death





-Worship and Prayer



Religion Peace and Conflict



-Just war, Holy War

-Nuclear Weapons

-Peace keeping

-Victims of War

Year 10

Religion and Life


Awe and wonder of the universe


-Animal welfare



Marriage and Family






Buddhism Beliefs

-Life of Budha


-4 Noble Truths

-Nature of self

-Theravada, Mahayana Buddhism

Year 11

Buddhism beliefs and practices



-5 Moral precepts

-6 perfections

-beliefs and practices linked to death






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