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Religious Education

At Hodge Hill College, all pupils receive a broad and balanced Religious and Citizenship Education curriculum that follows the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus.

Within Religious Education we aim to explore challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. The curriculum we offer ensures opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. We allow our students to become independent, creative, resilient, enquiring and thoughtful learners and to develop skills in oral work and literacy. We have a curriculum that is relevant to students and their lives, that fosters academic success and aims to develop well-rounded citizens equipped for the modern world.

Our curriculum aims to develop:

  • Pupils’ understanding of beliefs and practices within a range of religions
  • Pupils ability to engage with and explore big questions/big issues from a range of perspectives
  • Encounters with the 24 Birmingham Agreed Syllabus dispositions, which all the major faiths see as particularly important. Taken together, the dispositions constitute a person’s spiritual and moral character and help to depict a human ideal
  • Pupils’ communication skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening
  • Skills at KS3 that will allow them to flourish at KS4
  • At GCSE an appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and Islam, enabling them to understand and articulate their own and others’ beliefs, values and commitments. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, aiding in progression to AS and A level study

Five Year Plan

Key Stage 4


GCSE Religious Education
Exam board Edexcel Course code 1RB0
Examined by Two exams: 1 hour and 45 minutes each
Key topics taught

Paper 1: Area of Study 1 - Religion and Ethics (Islam)

  • Beliefs
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Matters of Life and Death

Paper 2: Area of Study 2 - Religion, Peace and Conflict (Christianity)

  • Beliefs
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Peace and Conflict

We teach two religions: Islam (Religion and Ethics) and Christianity (Peace and Conflict). The papers cover both beliefs and practices and philosophical and ethical issues. There is no coursework.

Year 10 Year 11
Muslim Beliefs Crime and Punishment
Marriage and The Family Living the Christian Life
Living the Muslim Life Peace and Conflict
Matters of Life and Death
Christian Beliefs