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Religious Education

All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of Religious Education. The Department is made up by six full-time specialist teachers who are fully committed to both RE and the Catholic Life of the school:

  • Mrs C Cotterill - Subject Leader
  • Mr P Farley - Teacher in charge of Post-16 General RE
  • Mr B McArdle - Assistant Principal, Teacher of Religious Education
  • Mrs A Griffiths-Boot - Teacher of Religious Education
  • Mr A Sommerville - Teacher of Religious Education
  • Mrs E Castle - Teacher of Religious Education


Year 7

  • Belonging and Identity
  • Jesus the Messiah
  • Worship
  • Sacraments
  • Pilgrim Church
  • Islam

Please see our Knowledge Organizers for Year 7 below:

Year 8

  • Creation
  • Covenant
  • Church in Britain
  • Paschal Mystery
  • Sikhism

Please see our Knowledge Organizers for Year 8 below:

Year 9

  • God's Call
  • The Gospels
  • Spiritual Quest
  •  Holy Spirit
  • Morality and Conscience

In line with whole-school policy, pupils will be set weekly homework. This is primarily to use, learn and self quiz the information contained in the Knowledge Organisers and complete checking activities. Alternative activities will be set as required to assist and develop skills. 

Please see our Knowledge Organizers for Year 9 below:

Key Stage 4

All pupils follow AQA's Specification B GCSE in Religious Studies.

The qualification comprises of three units, which are all assessed entirely by examination at the end of Year 11:

  1. Catholic Christianity (50%)
  2. Judaism (25%)
  3. Ethical Themes (25%)

Revision material for each of the units can be found below; additional revision is provided by the Department in the terms preceding the exams. Further information, available directly from AQA, may be found by clicking here.

The curriculum fulfils the requirements of the 2012 Religious Education Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools & Colleges in England & Wales, published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England.


Key Stage 5

What You Study

Religious Studies, at A-level, is all about exploring scholarly and philosophical debates surrounding the Philosophy of Religion, Ethical theories and the New Testament.

How You Study

The course is made up of three units; Philosophy, Ethics & New Testament.

Religious Studies demands hard work and is regarded as an academic discipline. An active and enquiring mind is important as well as the willingness to debate and discuss controversial issues that arise. Essays and on-line discussions will be set on a regular basis.

Department Strengths and Resources

Excellent pass rate at A-level. The RE Department has a highly qualified team of specialists with a proven track record of preparing students for public examination.

Progression to University 

Theology is highly regarded by universities as an academic subject, encompassing many fields, including Philosophy, Ethics, Old Testament/New Testament Studies, World Religions, Church History and Liberation Theology. The critical skills acquired during A-level Religious Studies provide an excellent foundation for entry into Social work, Journalism and Business/Managerial courses.

Our Successes

Theology and/or Philosophy have been the chosen degree subject(s) of several students in recent years, at Cardiff, Leeds Trinity, Bishop Grosseteste, York St John and Newman.

In recent years, a number of our past students have become Youth Leaders in Catholic Youth Renewal Centres.

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