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Upton-by-Chester High School

Religious Studies

The RS department is a vibrant, friendly, talented and enthusiastic place to be. Students achieve excellent results and have the opportunity to investigate spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of life. We encourage our students to broaden their mind and embrace the world in which they live, of which they are a significant part!

Staff include:

  • Mrs K. Smale (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs E. Summers (Second in Department)
  • Mrs R. Benson
  • Mrs K. Chapman
  • Mrs A. Vianello
  • Mrs J. Dey

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Key Stage 3

During Year 7, students complete 4 Modules. These consist of:-

  • What is RE? This unit looks at morality, believing and not believing in God and ways of looking at our world. The aim is for pupils to air their thoughts and feelings about life.
  • Who Am I? This looks at the importance of the individual. It focuses on family life and being special.
  • Jesus and Christianity. This involves the study of the person of Jesus and Christian beliefs.
  • Islam. This module looks at Muslim beliefs and way of life.

During Year 8, students complete 3 modules.

  • Hinduism: this module looks at Hindu beliefs and customs.
  • The Environment: the study of religious views of the environment and responses to environmental issues.
  • Sikhism: this module looks at Sikh beliefs and customs.

During Year 9 students complete 5 modules.

  • Contemporary Moral Issues: students study moral issues and moral dilemmas. They will study crime and punishment, problem of evil and suffering and peace and conflict.
  • Judaism: students study Jewish beliefs and customs
  • The Shoah: students study the events of the Holocaust and focus on prejudice and discrimination.
  • Equal Rights: this unit focuses on human rights with a specific study of Dr Martin Luther King.
  • Buddhism: this module looks at the Buddhist beliefs and customs.

Key Stage 4


The course consists of two units.

Religion and Life, which is split into four areas of study:

  • Believing in God
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Matters of Life and Death
  • Social Harmony

Religion and Society, which again is spilt into four areas of study.

  • Religion and Social Responsibility
  • The Environment
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Peace and Conflict.

Students are required to sit 2 examinations, one on each unit. Each Exam is 1hr 30 minutes in length.