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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics


Philosophy, Religion & Ethics at Hertswood aims to teach students about diverse lifestyles and world views. We encourage students to develop their own views; to speak and write articulately about their own backgrounds and experiences. Our department adopts a multi-faith, non-denominational approach to PRE in which students learn about the major world faiths, including Christianity and Buddhism (which are studied in more depth in the GCSE course).

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, PRE aims to develop characteristics and key skills that help prepare all students for dealing with life: raising awareness of other faiths, establishing a sense of identity, developing open and enquiring minds and encouraging empathy with others.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students study AQA GCSE RE as a full course. Skills they can develop in PRE are extremely helpful once they leave school.  Being able to express opinions clearly, being able to discuss and debate in a reasoned way, and improved writing skills, are all important whether students decide to go to college, university or start employment.  Through studying GCSE Religious Studies, students encounter a wide range of concepts allowing them to confidently interpret, contextualise and analyse the expressions of religions and world views they encounter.





Year 7

The World's 6

Moral Issues

Religion & Clashes with Society

Year 8

Crime & Punishment

Religion & Politics

Relationships Education

Year 9

Religion & Respect for Life

What can we learn from the Holocaust?

Religion in the Media

Year 10 GCSE

Christian Beliefs & Practices

Buddhist Beliefs & Practices

Relationships & Families

Year 11 GCSE

Existence of God & Revelation

Religion & Life


Crime & Punishment 


Independent Learning Resources

  • The Knowledge
  • Quizlet
  • Seneca Learning
  • Textbooks and revision guides created by the exam boards (AQA for GCSE)