top of page
School front gates.jpg


Religion plays an important role in our society and can influence what people think, feel and believe. Through studying Religious Studies, students get a broad look at how religion and spirituality form the basis of our culture. The Religious Studies staff give learners the opportunities to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual awareness.  We hope that pupils develop a curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Religious Studies.  


Religious Studies also helps students develop marketable skills and aptitudes including:

  • Analytical and strategic thinking

  • Research skills

  • Critical thinking

  • An ability to ‘understand both sides’ - negotiate and resolve conflict through dialogue

  • Problem solving skills

  • An appreciation of human diversity

All these are vital core skills in a modern workforce where communication, collaboration and cooperation are key.  


  • Mrs. C Howell  (Head of Department)

  • Miss. EL Saunderson

  • Mrs. C Ferguson

  • Ms. H Hewitt 


Key Stage 3

The curriculum for Religious Education is defined by the Department of Education and the four main Christian Churches in Northern Ireland.  Below is a summary of the content of work covered from the Core Syllabus at Key Stage 3.  

Year 8 (1 period per week)

  • An Introduction to Religion

  • The Bible

  • The Birth of Jesus

  • Who is Jesus?

  • I am unique 

Year 9 (1 period per week)

  • The Miracles of Jesus

  • The Parables of Jesus 

  • The Easter Story

  • Islam

Year 10 (2 periods per week)

  • Creation

  • Moses

  • Nicky Cruz

  • The Early Church

  • Judaism 

Key Stage 4 

Years 11 & 12 (2 periods per week) 

Pupils have the opportunity to gain an OCN Level 2 Certificate in Religious Studies.  This is the equivalent to a B at G.C.S.E.  This course is for learners who wish to develop knowledge and understanding in religious studies in order to make sense of religious choices people make in today’s society.  We hope that learners will develop empathy, respect and awareness of other religious beliefs and cultural diversity.  

Pupils build a portfolio of 9 units over the two year study. Below are the units that are covered: ​


  • Addiction

  • Charity and Religious Charities

  • Exploring Personal Identity and Faith

  • Exploring Religious Traditions within Own Community

  • Life and Death Issues 

  • Life of a Famous Person of Faith

  • Marriage and Divorce

  • Prejudice and Reconciliation

  • World Faith 


To find out more about the OCN NI syllabus for Religious Studies click on the link below :


We set one homework per fortnight at Key Stage 3.  The homework tasks are differentiated  to meet the needs of the pupils.  

Types Of Homework

  • Reading

  • Research

  • Revision

  • Written

  • Learning

  • Spelling 


Key Stage 4 - OCN 

Written homework is not set due to this qualification being completed in class time.  However research tasks can  be given as preparation for classwork.   

bottom of page