Religious Education

The purpose of the Humanities curriculum is to develop an enthusiasm, engagement and awareness of the wider world that we live in as citizens of local and global communities.

Students learn, through studying the past and present, both how and why we live as we do and how we could live in the future. They become independent problem solvers and learn how to articulate reasoned judgements and conclusions. Students of R.E. will also learn how to appreciate a wide range of viewpoints and show empathy which will significantly contribute to their social, moral, spiritual and emotional development.

At NOA we give opportunities to share experiences so students can learn from each other, as well as interpreting and analysing a range of sources that will stimulate discussion and debate. Through studying R.E. students develop their confidence to critique human actions and behaviours and offer solutions to real life issues, confronting us today and in the future. 

Students of R.E. develop a critical awareness of ultimate questions and reflect in depth upon how a wide variety of religious beliefs and practices affect societies and their own identity.

Year 7

Some students are taught Humanities as part of an integrated curriculum called Enquiring Minds. Please refer to their webpage for further details.

Year 8

In Year 8 the groups rotate with Geography and History and study Religious Education for two terms. They have two lessons per week.Year 8 students study different religions through themes starting with Brave New World and the creation of the perfect society.  

Year 9

In Year 9 students prepare for GCSE with a foundation year learning more about world religions and their ethical issues with a focus on the Holocaust which has proved to be very popular with students.

Key Stage 4

Religious Studies (Philosophy and Applied Ethics)

Exam Board OCR B (Full Course)
Qualification GCSE
Coursework 0%
Examination 100% (4 exams 25% each)
Possible Pathway from this course A Levels



R.E. runs an after school catch-up club and homework support for all key stages. This is held on Wednesday in F16.There are opportunities throughout the year for learning outside the classroom in Religious Education.

Ms. Louisa Wilkinson Learning Leader for Religous Education
Ms Michelle Woollard

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