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Religious Formation



Mr F McCarthy
Mr M Strange
Mrs S McKenna
Ms E Smith



Mr J Toffolo
Mrs J Lindsay
Mr N Sutton
Miss A Mounter (Lay Chaplain Intern)


Key Dates:

GCSE exam: Monday 15th May 2017

Unit 3 - 1 hour 30 minutes AM
3.1 - Believing in God
3.2 - Matters of Life and Death
3.3 - Marriage and the Family
3.4 - Religion and Community Cohesion


GCSE exam: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Unit 10 - 1 hour 30 minutes PM
10.1 - Beliefs and Values
10.2 - Community and Tradition
10.3 - Worship of Celebration
10.4 - Living the Christian Life

At the end of this page you will find past exam booklets relating to all these GCSE units.

The Religious Formation department has a leading role in the school and makes an outstanding contribution to pupils’ spiritual and moral development. In the life of the faith of our Catholic school is the belief that every person is made in the image and likeness of God. At the heart of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the dignity of the human person and the beliefs and values studied in this subject enables all pupils, in the light of the faith of the Church, to engage with the deepest questions of life and find reasons for the hope which is within them.

Religious Formation at Key Stage 3:

All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have 4 lessons a fortnight based on the Icon programme which is broad, balanced and fulfils the requirements of the Curriculum Directory for Catholic schools. All schemes of work have been carefully planned in enabling pupils to think spiritually, ethically and theologically and the use of technology in addition to a wide range of teaching and learning strategies enable pupils to make excellent progress in this subject. We continuously review our schemes of work and always look for opportunities to build upon what we do well.  In addition, Year 7 study Philosophy once a fortnight and this is very well received. Year 8 and 9 also have philosophy fortnight during the academic year and in each subject a different philosophical aspect is explored.







Year 7


Who is God?
Who is Jesus?

Signs of Catholic Identity

The Kingdom of God

Mass and Church Leadership


Year 8

Church History

Vocation and Confirmation


Reconciliation and Easter

Church Unity


Year 9


Pilgrimage and Prayer




Religion and the Media

Religious Formation at Key Stage 4:

All pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE in Religious Studies and will study unit 3 and 10. Most pupils take the full GCSE, however there may be some who will be entered for the short course (1/2 GCSE) in consultation with their teacher.  There is no coursework and both exams will be sat at the end of Year 11 with each exam contributing to 50% of their final grade.

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

 Year 10

Beliefs and Values

Community and Tradition

Worship and Celebration

Living the Christian Life.

 Year 11

Believing in God

Matters of Life and Death

Marriage and the Family

Religion and Community Cohesion


At St Bede’s we aim to provide different opportunities that encourage pupils to become more actively involved and interested in their faith and passionate about global issues that affect humanity.  We have pupils involved in fundraising, charity events, Liturgical preparation for Masses, visiting a care home as part of a SVP group, selling Fairtrade products and promoting the global issues at large. All these activities, and much more, gives students the opportunity to deepen their own faith, share faith with others and be able to be active members of the Catholic community, both now and in the future.



Useful Links

At the beginning of Year 10, all pupils are encouraged to purchase a revision guide written by Edexcel and this focuses specifically on the above units of study. In addition, past exam booklets are issued directly to the pupils as well as a parent’s pack containing everything that their child needs to know for the exam.  Revision classes in KS4 take place a few weeks before their exam:  at lunchtimes and during the school holidays. All pupils have access to Fronter and on this site we continue to upload useful information under the ‘RF resources’ section.


You will find the past paper booklets helpful and are encouraged to do at least one or two papers a week between now and the exam. The answers to the questions are also included in these booklets for cross checking.


Y11 past paper booklet - Unit 3

Y11 past paper booklet - Unit 10