KS3 Religious Studies

Keystage 3 – Religious Studies

Curriculum Overview

This course aims to promote an enquiring, critical and sympathetic approach to the study of religion. Learners will reflect on religious responses to moral issues, identify and explore questions about the meaning of life, and recognise the contribution of religion to patterns of belief and behaviour.

Topics to be studied

Students cover a variety of topics during Key Stage 3. The topics covered encourage students to think independently and develop a wideset range of skills.

  • What makes a good role model? – A short introductory topic where pupils examine key figures from past and present, considering what makes a good role model.
  • Jesus –We study the key events in the life of Jesus, considering aspects of his character and ministry, and what makes Jesus a good role model for some people. These aspects include the Nativity, Baptism, Temptation, the Disciples, Parables, Miracles, Crucifixion and Resurrection.
  • The Problem of Evil and Suffering –We examine a range of types of suffering and case studies, including their causes and effects. Pupils consider the responses and explanations for suffering provided by Christians and Buddhists, and evaluate the extent to which evil and suffering creates a problem for theists.
  • Is there such a thing as Life after Death? –We explore the issue of life after death. Students compare the theories of resurrection, immortality of the soul and reincarnation, and will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each theory.
  • Contemporary Moral Issues – We consider six ethical issues, including Euthanasia, Drug Abuse, Capital Punishment and Religion and the Media. They examine the relevant laws, problems and solutions, arguments for/against, case studies and key figures. Pupils are encouraged to form their own opinions, whilst appreciating the views of others.
  •  Modern Issues within Religion –We examine the events surrounding the Holocaust.  The topic concludes with an independent research task in response to the question ‘Would the world be a better place with or without religion?’
  •  Science Vs. Religion –We look at the science vs. religion debate, and possible theories for/against the existence of God. These include the Big Bang Theory, the theory of Evolution, the Design Argument and the Cosmological Argument. Pupils are introduced to philosophers such as Thomas Aquinas, and modern thinkers such as Hawking, Dawkins and Swinburne


Students are assessed every six weeks. Their assessment is a written piece on what they have been studying. After each assessment, students are given targets to work on before their next assessment. These targets are used to inform all planning so that students have the best means of reaching their goals by the end of each assessment.

Each assessment draws on different skills such as their ability to identify key evidence and their ability to write detailed explanations when assessing the significance of a topic in Religion.

Assessments at the end of each topic will be marked to the National Curriculum levels 1c to 8a.

Further Information

For more information regarding this course please speak to Miss Bohan