Department Overview

The RE department has one full time specialist teacher, one part time specialist teacher and five non-specialist staff. The two main RE rooms are C20 and C21 on the top floor of the Cartwright building.


Key Stage 3

All the groups in Key stage 3 are mixed ability.

In year 7, Pupils do three modules: The language of religion; introduction to the Jewish Religion; Introduction to Sikhism.

In year 8, Pupils do three modules: Introduction to the belief and practice of Islam; Introduction to the belief and practice of Hinduism; Introduction to the belief and practice of Buddhism.

In year 9, Pupils do several modules, some of which directly relate to the GCSE examination(s) in year 11. A study of the belief and practice of Christianity; Crime and Punishment; Religion and Human Relationships; Theories of Immortality.

For each module in key stage 3, the pupils’ books are marked at least once each half term, and there are also one or more paper-based assessments during each half term which are marked.


Key Stage 4

All Key Stage 4 groups are mixed ability.

Examination Board:   AQA Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy & Religion in Society – Full and Short Course. This course also meets the requirements of the Solihull Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.


At least one internal assessment during each module. Where students choose to take it, the GCSE is by terminal 100% Examinations in year 11 for both the full and the short course.

The Syllabus will cover:

Religion and Life Issues.   This unit is intended to encourage ethical thinking upon issues of religion and life including animal right; early life; prejudice, war and peace.

Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions.   This unit is intended to begin philosophical thinking at GCSE: The existence of God; the problems of evil and suffering; religion and science.

Religious Education at Alderbrook:

All pupils follow the course as it is compulsory. Students who wish to may proceed to the GCSE full or short course examination(s) in year 11. The religious education at Alderbrook complies with the 1944 and 1988 Education Acts, and amendments. It is taught in line with the statutory Solihull Agreed Syllabus 2008, and the syllabus specification which we follow is fully mapped in line with this. The teaching of religious education also follows the Governors’ Policy for Religious Education. The school teaches the subject in a non-confessional way, giving dignity, respect and integrity to each of the world religions studied.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Pupils have the opportunity outside the classroom to discuss aspects of their work which concern them.


Career Options

The course we follow consistently appears on both the Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities’ list as being a high level academic discipline. In terms of vocational pathways, the course is seen as a good introduction to issues which affect all human beings and human thought processes. Past students have gone on to Oxbridge, the Russell Group and have gone on to such careers as doctors, dentists, solicitors, barristers, teachers and even rock musicians. Careers which have specifically identified religious education as being a desirable subject, and into which past students have progressed, include: the police, the armed forces, the civil service, banking, social services, local government and retail management.


Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Dr. M.A.Cope BA(Hon); PhD (Birmingham); PhD (Oxon); FFICS, PGCE