Religious Education makes both an academic and spiritual contribution to the curriculum of South Wirral High School.
Key Stage 3 – Religious Education
Students follow the Wirral Agreed Syllabus. They study Christianity and at least two other world religions. Students in year 7 approach the world religions thematically covering topics such as symbols, festivals and rites of passage. In year 8, they examine the religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism and therefore develop an understanding of how Christians, Muslims and Jews put their faith into action. Inyear 9, students explore philosophical roots and ethical concerns; thus introducing them to GCSE topics. Students study ultimate questions such as: Why is there evil in the world? Is there life after death? Why do we have wars? A religious response to World Poverty is also studied.
Key Stage 4 – Philosophy and Ethics
Students opting for Philosophy and Ethics will take a full GCSE. All other year 10 students will be studying AQA short course Philosophy and Ethics as a core plus lesson.
Full course students will study Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions and will cover: Science and Religion, Immortality, the problem of evil, The Existence of God, Revelation and Miracles. In year 11 students will be looking at Religion and Morality and will cover: Matters of life, The Elderly and Death, Rich and Poor in British Society, World Poverty, Crime and Punishment and Drug Abuse. They will then have two exams at the end of year 11 on these topics. These two exams will then produce their GCSE grade.
Core plus students will study Religion and Morality and will cover four of the following units: Matters of life, the Elderly and Death, Rich and Poor in British Society, World Poverty, Crime and Punishment and Drug Abuse. They will cover four of these topics across the two years and will have one exam at the end of year 11.
Philosophy and Ethics and Citizenship
Students also have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs together by opting for Philosophy and Ethics and Citizenship in option B. Please see the Life Studies page for details of the Citizenship content.
Throughout KS3 and KS4 the department delivers a course which is designed to develop students’ literacy, discussion and critical thinking skills. It is a subject valued by students across the school.


Heads Of Department: Ms Clough & Mr Jones

Assessment Programmes:

Year 7

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnCreation – Big Bang
Christian and Muslims views on creation
Exam – knowledge, understanding and evaluation of how the universe began. Weighting is 10%
SpringFestivals of Light - Divali
Extended piece of writing explaining the importance of the festivals to religious believers and how they link back to events in the religion’s history. Weighting is 10%
SummerPlaces of Worship – Church
Exam – The features of their places and how they are used in worship. Also the importance of the places of worship to religious believers.
Weighting is 80%

Year 8

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnJudaism – History
Food Laws
Judaism test – knowledge/understanding and evaluation.
Weighting is 10%
SpringChristianity – Jesus
Crucifixion and resurrection
Extended piece of writing on the crucifixion and resurrection and what it means to Christians. Weighting is 10%
SummerIslam – Allah
The five Pillars of Islam
Exam on Five pillars – the importance of religious principles.
Weighting is 80%

Year 9

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnLife after Death – how can we live after death
Evidence of ghosts and NDEs
Extended piece of writing evaluating whether there is such a thing as life after death. Weighting is 10%
SpringWar and Peace – Reasons to go to war
Geneva Conventions
Just war theory and jihad
Exam – testing knowledge, understanding and evaluation.
Weighting is 10%
SummerThe problem of evil – Types of evil
Inconsistent triad
Christians views on evil
Holocaust – where was God?
Exam – testing knowledge, understanding and evaluation
Weighting is 80%