Religious Studies

Head of Department: Ms L. Whitaker

St Aloysius’ College is a Catholic school. As such, we are part of the Church’s mission to “make disciples of all nations”. We also have a responsibility to remember Jesus’ words “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did to me.”

Therefore we look at the local, national and global communities for ways to fulfil our obligations as a Christian community.

Although we welcome pupils of many faiths, all Year Groups have Religious Education lessons which are focused on the Catholic faith. We aim to ensure that our pupils are religiously literate. This means that they have the knowledge, understanding and skills to think spiritually, ethically and theologically, and are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.

 Our aim is to educate our students in an environment guided by Gospel values.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 our Syllabus is based on the new RED. There are 6 branches to the RED and they will be revisited in each year from 7-9.

Branch 1 - Creation and Covenant

Branch 2 - Prophecy and Promise

Branch 3 - Galilee to Jerusalem

Branch 4 - Desert to Garden

Branch 5 - To the ends of the earth

Branch 6 - Dialogue and encounter

For a more detailed breakdown of the topics covered in years 7/8/9 please see the relevant year group's curriculum handbook which can be found in the student area of our website.

Key Stage 4

All pupils study Edexcel Catholic Christianity and Judaism for GCSE.

There are 8 units that the students cover; 

Unit 1 - Catholic Beliefs

Unit 2 - Catholic Practices

Unit 3 - Sources of Wisdom and Authority

Unit 4 - Forms of Expression and ways of life

Unit 7 - Jewish Beliefs

Unit 8 - Jewish Practices

Unit 9 - Arguments for the existence of God

Unit 10 - Relationships and families

All exams for Years 10-11 include material covered throughout the course as well as the current year.

For a more detailed explanation of the GCSE course and assessments please click here.

For a more detailed breakdown of the curriculum please see the Curriculum Overview and more details can also be found in the Curriculum Booklet.