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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 3

RPE at Key Stage 3 has been developed with guidance from the current Devon Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2014), which seeks to:

  • bring students to a knowledge and understanding of Religion
  • contribute to students' formation of their own beliefs and values

and to assist students by:

  • reflecting on those universal human experiences which give rise to fundamental questions about life
  • studying Christianity and other five principal religions represented in Britain
  • developing a sensitivity to spiritual/religious interpretation of human experience

In line with our whole department aims, we are also trying to:

  1. create interest and enthusiasm ready for GCSE
  2. develop independence through project work
  3. develop GCSE skills – our curriculum is not focussed on developing detailed knowledge alone

Year Group

Term 1

Term 2


Term 3





What is a 'religion'?

A short study of the six world religions, followed by investigation into other world views including: Humanism, the Amish, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jainism, Scientology and Paganism.

Religion in the UK

Students investigate diversity within the UK, including their local community of Exmouth, then how it differs in cities like London. This leads to a consideration of the treatment of Muslims in the UK, including Islamophobia.




We study a variety of religious and non-religious views of what spirituality is and how it is reflected in daily life and worship. We pay particular attention to spirituality with Buddhism and Hinduism before creating work for the Natre Spirited Arts competition.





Responding to Discrimination

Work starts with a study of the Holocaust and anti-semitism. A focused study of the victims of the Holocaust leads us to consider the contrasting religious responses of Corrie Ten Boom and Simon Wiesenthal.

Equality in Eastern Religions

Investigation into the Hindu caste system, past and present.  This is followed by a study of the teachings and practices of equality within the Sikh religion.


Rights and Responsibilities

To start, we consider the UN Declaration of Humans rights.  We then take a closer look at how some religious figures have fought for those rights, including Malala Yousafzai.


Students are assessed five times in the school year.  They are tested on their knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills. These are linked to GCSE assessment criteria - this is integral in creating a five year curriculum where work at Key Stage 3 prepares students for work at Key Stage 4.

Please note: the Year 9 curriculum is covered within Key Stage 4.