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Religious and Ethical Education

Welcome to Religious and Ethical Education

Religious Education is taught to all pupils in KS3. Throughout the course pupils will learn about different belief systems and develop an understanding of how individuals may act according to their religious faith or ethical stance. Pupils will learn about the development, key beliefs and required observances of the major religions. Later in the course, they will be introduced to some of the major ethical considerations faced by our society and will be given the opportunity to develop their own responses in the light of what they have learned.

Year 7

  • The course will cover
  • Beliefs and beginnings – the genesis of the six major world religions
  • Symbols and their religious significance
  • The development and beliefs of Judaism
  • The development and beliefs of Christianity
  • The development and beliefs of Islam

Year 8

The course will look at how religious faith might influence a response to an ethical problem. These may include

  • Modern ethical dilemmas
  • Human rights
  • Freedom
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Wealth and Poverty
  • The West and the Third World

Year 9

Students will look at specific moral; and ethical issues in detail, identifying how  different religious faiths might respond and examining how, under certain circumstances, individuals and organisations have acted outside the accepted moral, ethical or religious frameworks to inflict extreme cruelty and suffering on others

The topics covered in this unit are

  • Suffering - can we escape it?
  • The Holocaust - why is it still important today?

Years 10 & 11

Students will follow a course leading to GCSE. The syllabus consists of four units each worth 25% of the marks. Assessment is by a terminal exam in June of the final year. The four units are:

Philosophy 1

  • Belief about deity
  • Religion and spiritual experiences
  • The end of life

Philosophy 2

  • Good and evil
  • Religion, reason and revelation
  • Religion and science

Ethics 1

  • Religion and human relationships
  • Religion and medical ethics
  • Religion, poverty and wealth

Ethics 2

  • Religion, peace and justice
  • Religion and equality
  • Religion and the media



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About the NLC

NLC consists of four schools, covering a full range of ability from 3 - 19 years. Each school has its own distinctive ethos and identity but all share the common goal of catering to the specific needs of each student.