Religious Education

Welcome to the Kingsmead School Religious Education Learning Team.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8), students study all the major world religions, with focus given to Christianity, Sikhism and Islam.

At Kingsmead we closely follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for RE at KS3. Our approach gives students the opportunity to explore religious, ethical and philosophical questions that are relevant to the world today. Investigations include: ‘Why do people believe in God?’ and ‘How should we challenge Islamophobia?’

At Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11), students can choose a Religious Studies GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics. This is a very popular and successful course at Kingsmead. At KS4 we focus on investigating philosophical questions and ethical issues through the study of Buddhism and Christianity.

All other students in Years 9 and 10 will follow the Religious Studies Short Course ½ GCSE.  This will be externally examined at the end of Year 10. Students will gain a qualification from the AQA exam board, which is equivalent to a ½ GCSE.

This is a new course that focusses on students having a clear grounding in the main religious tradition of Great Britain – Christianity as well as a good understanding of Islam.  

Students who choose Religious Studies have various enrichment opportunities.


These include:

Top 5 useful websites:

BBC Religions site

BBC Religion Hub

GCSE Bitesize RS

Great resources for Buddhism