The RE Department at George Salter Academy consists of highly motivated and enthusiastic teachers who are determined to ensure that all students succeed.

We follow the Sandwell agreed syllabus for RE at key stage 3 and 4. Please click the following link for more information:


The RE curriculum should give a broad understanding of all 6 major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism). Students should gain a depth and breadth of knowledge about the beliefs and practices of each religion. They should also develop empathy and respect for others regardless of their religious preferences. They will understand the importance and place of religion in the world today, historically and culturally through the study of ethical and philosophical issues and consider the significance and impact of religion upon the individual and the community.

7 Year Journey at GSA

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Study Support

The RE Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.


Mrs L Hickman (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) [email protected]

Mrs L Hayes (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) [email protected] 

"RE is about sharing your own opinions but listening to others viewpoints. It’s where you can get your point across without being afraid."

"The teachers really care about us."

“Staff are really supportive in preparation for the exams”

In KS3 students will study aspects of the 6 main world religions, with a focus on teachings, beliefs and practises. Alongside this they will explore philosophical and ethical issues from religious and non-religious perspectives. Throughout KS3 students will develop their understanding of the world around them and the place religion has both locally and globally. The KS3 curriculum will prepare students for KS4 and help develop confident, critical thinkers who are knowledgeable about the world around them and tolerant of all. 

Year 7 Curriculum Map

Year 8 Curriculum Map

Year 9 Curriculum Map

In KS4 all students will complete a Short course GCSE in Religious Studies. This will comprise of the three components. The study of Christianity (Beliefs and Teachings), Judaism (Beliefs and Teachings) and Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Issues in the Modern world (Issues of relationships and Issues of Life and Death.) In addition to the compulsory short course, students may opt to study full course as one of their options. This comprises of the units mentioned above with the addition of The study of Christianity (Practices), Judaism (Practices) and Philosophical and Ethical Issues in the Modern world (Issues of good and evil and Issues of Human rights.)

Year 10 Short Course Curriculum Map

Year 11 Short Course Curriculum Map

Religious Studies A Level is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There are two assessed components.

• Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

• Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media.

Please visit the designated Sixth Form section to find out more information about the courses we offer.