Religious Studies


The ability to understand the faith or beliefs of individuals and communities, and how these may shape their culture and behaviour, is an invaluable asset for our students.

Religious Education helps develop skills such as:

  • Understanding
  • Empathy
  • Analysis
  • Reflection
  • Application
  • Interpretation
  • Investigation
  • Expression
  • Evaluation

These are vital skills needed in further education and the modern world and workplace. This subject will help students to understand and develop respect and tolerance towards people of different religions, race, culture and background. While also equipping students to understand, interact and relate to people in an understanding, welcoming and respectful way. 

What is covered in Religious Education?

At WBCA, we use the Sandwell SACRE as a basis for what pupils are taught.

The principal aim of Religious Education is to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.  

The Religious Education Teaching and Learning should enable pupils to:

  1. Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs.
  2. Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs.
  3. Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied.

Sandwell SACRE 2018 – 2023

Link to Sandwell SACRE: Sandwell Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education | Sandwell Council

Aspects of Religious Education are covered within the L4L curriculum, within the following themes. 

More details including a clear breakdown of where Religious Education is covered can be found here.

Year 7 L4L Themes:

  • Citizen Me
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  • In Days of Old
  • Journeys
  • iRobot
  • Off With Your Head
  • Water

Year 8 L4L Themes:

  • India 
  • Da Vinci
  • Over the Top

Year 9 L4L Themes:

  • Whose Earth Is It Anyway?
  • Tragedy
  • Made In China

Key Stage 4

Studying GCSE Religious Education will allow students to progress their knowledge and skills from KS3. Students will be further challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, legal system and many people’s lives. Furthermore, studying GCSE Religious Education offers a rich and enjoyable set of topics that will bring young people into contact with the thoughts of the greatest minds and offers them the opportunity to carry on the great conversation of humanity about the ideas that shape our lives and the human condition.