Beliefs and Values

Beliefs and Values

Beliefs and Values at Honiton Community College seek to implement the aims and objectives of the Education Reform Act 1988 and specifically those of the New Agreed Syllabus for Religion in Devon. 


Beliefs & Values - Key Stage 5

Name of Qualification

Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Religious Studies (8RS01)

Edexcel Advanced GCE in Religious Studies (9RS01)

Edexcel’s Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE Religious Studies specification is designed to encourage an interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion. It will enable students to develop insights into areas of knowledge, belief and thought central to an understanding of the modern world. Through a study of philosophy, ethics and the world’s major religions, students will be equipped with a range of knowledge and skills which will help them to make sense of contemporary events.

Exam Board Link:  Edexcel

Click here for Specification


Beliefs & Values - Key Stage 4

Name of Qualification:  GCSE Religious Studies

Exam board:  OCR

This OCR GCSE emphasizes Philosophy and applied Ethics. It provides an opportunity for candidates to build upon the foundations laid down by following the Devon County Agreed Syllabus in Religious Education. It reflects the fact that the religious tradition of Great Britain is in the main Christian, whilst taking account the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain.

Candidates have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion through exploration of the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning. Candidates may also learn to express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions.


Unit 1 :The nature of God

  • Christian beliefs about God
  • Describing God & images of God
  • The Trinity
  • Reasons for following or rejecting God
  • Authority of the Bible for Christians

Unit 2 :The nature of belief


  • Worship, including the use of music and art
  • Prayer and contemplation
  • The use of food and fasting
  • Architecture of a church
  • The use of symbols

Unit 3 :Religion and Science


  • Christian ideas about creation
  • Scientific ideas about the origins of the world
  • The purpose of humanity
  • Stewardship and environmental issues
  • The difference between people and animals

Unit 4 :Death and the Afterlife


  • The body and the soul
  • Heaven, Hell and Purgatory
  • The concept of God as a judge
  • The Resurrection
  • Christian funerals

Unit5: Good and Evil

  • Christian beliefs about God and the Devil
  • Responses to evil and coping with suffering
  • Moral and natural evil
  • The right way to behave; following Jesus
  • Reasons why Christians follow a moral code

Unit 6:Religion and Human Relationships

  • The roles of men and women in a Christian family
  • Christian teachings about marriage
  • A Christian marriage ceremony
  • Christian beliefs about divorce
  • Beliefs about sexual relationships & contraception

Unit7:Religion and Medical Ethics

  • The Sanctity of Life
  • Attitudes towards abortion
  • Issues raised by fertility treatment
  • Attitudes towards euthanasia and suicide
  • The use of animals in medical research

Unit 8:Religion and equality


  • Biblical teachings about equality
  • Christian attitudes towards racism
  • The role of women in society
  • Christian attitudes towards other religions
  • Beliefs about forgiveness and reconciliation

Unit9:Region, Poverty and Capital Wealth

  • Causes of poverty
  • Teachings about concern for the poor
  • Teachings about the right use of money
  • Giving to charity
  • Moral and immoral occupations

Unit 10: Religion Peace and Justice.

  • Attitudes towards the use of violence
  • Just Wars and Holy Wars
  • Pacifism – Non-violent Direct Action
  • Beliefs about the treatment of criminals
  • Responses to social injustice


Beliefs & Values - Key Stage 3

Beliefs and Values at Honiton Community College seek to assist students to:

  • Reflect on those aspects of human experience which give rise to fundamental questions about life.
  • Develop sensitivity to spiritual/religious interpretations of human experience.
  • Study Christianity and the principal religions represented in Great Britain.
  • Involve a wide range of concepts, skills, attitudes and emotions.  
  • Encourage the individual to gain self-understanding, to explore relationships with others and to consider the place of the individual within the local community and the wider world.

Year 7

Beliefs and Concepts


In this topic we will:

  • Explain and consider what people believe about God.
  • Explain and consider what Christians believe about God.
  • Explain and consider what Muslims believe.
  • Explain and consider what Humanists and atheist beliefs.
  • Compare these different world views.
  • Consider and evaluate the value of human beings.

Expressions of Spirituality

In this topic we will:

  • Discuss and explore the concept ‘spirituality’.
  • Look at different ways in which people express their spirituality.
  • Consider what makes a person an individual.
  • Consider and explore spirituality in Islam.
  • Consider and explore spirituality in Christianity trough a study of the life and work of Martin Luther King.
  • Reflect and evaluate on beliefs about life after death.
  • Explore and explain the concept of “soul”

Rights and Responsibilities.


In this topic we will:

  • Investigate and analyse ‘rights’ and ‘responsibilities’.
  • Reflect on the UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • Investigate the issue of torture
  • Explain and reflect on responsibilities within Christianity – the 10 Commandments
  • Explain and reflect on responsibilities within Islam
  • Consider what rights I think animals should have.

Consider situations of rights and responsibilities within a school environment and beyond.


Assessment for learning will include summative end of unit tests, speaking and listening evaluations, independent learning project and written assignments.  This will clearly demonstrate personal progress of each student.

Year 8

Ethics and Relationships

In this topic we will:

  • Reflect and evaluate what it is to ‘value’ individuals.
  • Consider and analyse what influences us, in our lives
  • Consider and analyse what influences religious people.
  • Consider and reflect on at what people mean by ‘good’ and ‘evil’
  • Investigate Christian beliefs regarding good and evil
  • Investigate Jewish beliefs regarding good and evil

Explain and reflect on the concept of forgiveness – what it really means, its value and how it is applied it in our lives.


In this topic we will:

  • Consider and reflect what we mean by ‘authority’
  • Explain and investigate different sources of authority.
  • Analyse and reflect about the nature of authority and some of the outcomes of living in a society with authority
  • To investigate and evaluate what makes a good leader
  • Explain, investigate and reflect on authority in Christianity – Jesus. The Bible
  • Explain, investigate and reflect on authority in Sikhism including the Guru Granth Sahib, the Gurus, God

Science and Religion


Consider the arguments for In this topic we will:

  • Consider what we mean by ‘truth’
  • Investigate the difference between ‘scientific’ and ‘religious’ truths
  • Examine the compatibility of religion and science through aconsideration of the origins of the Universe via the Big Bang Theory and A Steady State theory and Genesis.
  • Consider the arguments for the existence of God.The First Cause Argument and the Design Argument.
  • Learn about Arabic and Muslim contribution to the science.
  • Explore and reflect several Ultimate Questions including “Why do people suffer?” and “Is there life after death. Evaluate some responses to some ultimate Questions of life


Assessment for learning will include summative end of unit tests, speaking and listening evaluations, an independent learning project and written assignments.

Year 9

Global Issues 1 – Peace, Justice and Equality

In this topic we will:

  • Reflect on the issue of equality in today’s society
  • Investigate how religion responds to inequality
  • Investigate Sikh teachings on equality.
  • Reflect and evaluate he caste system.
  • Explore and consider what peace is and how it can be brought about.
  • Examine pacifist beliefs.
  • Reflect and research situations and incidents of social injustice and consider what needs to change to improve such situations. 

Conflict and Collaboration; The Holocaust

  • Investigate and reflect on the events and consequences of the Holocaust
  • Consider the problem of suffering and religious responses to it
  • We will endeavour to organise a Holocaust survivor to speak to the students about their experiences. Organised through the Holocaust Education Centre at the Imperial War Museum. 
  • A trip to view the Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum will also be arranged for students, if possible.

Global Issues 2 – Religion and the Environment

In this topic we will:

  • Explain and consider how we are damaging the environment
  • Evaluate and reflect on possible reasons why we are damaging the environment
  • Investigate  and reflect on change our attitudes
  • Examine and compare religious responses to environmental issues.
  • Investigate the issues concerning poverty.
  • Examine reasons for and responses to poverty.
  • Examine the work and ethos of global institutions such as Tearfund and Islamic Relief.
  • To examine local responses to issues concerned with poverty.
  • Aim to have a representative of various charities and organisations discuss their work with the students.

Conflict, Collaboration and Reconciliation


In this topic we will:

  • Examine the concepts of conflict and collaboration
  • Consider and evaluate the consequences of conflict and collaboration, via a study of apartheid and the work of Arch bishop Desmond Tutu.
  • Examine religious responses to war and conflict via a study of religious intolerance in Northern Ireland and apartheid in South Africa.
  • Reflect and evaluate the aims and work of organisations, such as Corrymeela, concerning reconciliation.

Religion and The Media

In this topic we will:

  • Consider and reflect on different types and functions of the ‘media’
  • Explore and evaluate the influence of different forms of media including films, books, T. V. and music on individuals and communities.
  • Reflect on the responsibilities, influence and power of the media.
  • Examine and reflect on how several moral issues are portrayed in Soaps.
  • Examine and reflect on how religion is portrayed in the media.



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