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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits

Religious Education


The purpose of Religious Education in a Catholic school is to form religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life (Religious Education Curriculum Directory p6). Religious Education includes knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, understanding of its social and moral teaching in order to respond to issues in our society and awareness of the beliefs and practices of other religious traditions in order to respect and understand them. Students learn about religion and the impact of religious beliefs on the lives of believers.


At Key Stage 3, students study Foundational Catholic Theology which focuses on core Christian beliefs about God, Jesus, the Trinity, scripture and the sacraments. They follow this with Applied Catholic Theology wherethey  further explore the impact of such beliefs on moral issues such as abortion, contraception, creation, conflict mand relationships.  In each year, they also study one world religion.


GCSE Religious Studies is a core subject and students follow Eduqas Route B Catholic Christianity and Judaism. During this course, students study Foundational Catholic Theology, Applied Catholic Theology and Judaism. This allows them to engage with elements of Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, deepening their core knowledge and preparing them for Religious Studies/Philosophy and Ethics at KS5.



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