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The Programme of Study for Religious Education at Bishop Barrington aims to provide pupils with the opportunity to investigate religion and consider how religion impacts on the lives of individuals, communities and societies through the four concepts of religion: Belief, Authority, Expression of Belief and Impact of Belief. There are elements of philosophy incorporated into the schemes of work to allow pupils to tackle 'big questions' in life such as the existence of God and is death the end?

The Programme of Study has been written to comply with the guidelines outlined in the Durham County Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and some pupils can gain an external accreditation in RE through following either GCSE RE full or short courses or an internal accreditation through an entitlement lesson. Those following an external accreditation can gain either a short course or full course through following AQA Religious Studies Specification, based on a study of Christianity and at least one other religion. Some of the current Year 11 are gaining at external accreditation, KS4 core RE short course Edexcel Specification Unit 8 Religion and society, based on a study of Christianity and at least one other religion. To gain full course pupils have chosen this as an option subject. The GCSE course is Edexcel Specification Unit 1 Religion and life based on a study of Christianity and at least one other religion option. Combined with the core RE short course Religion and society pupils can gain a full GCSE in RE.

UPDATED 25/11/2016