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Larne Grammar School

Religious Studies

Teaching Staff

Mrs J Hyndman BD (Hons) PGCE (Head of Department)

Mrs S Steenson  BTh (Hons) PGCE



The Religious Studies Department plays a vital role in developing students’ understanding of the increasingly diverse and globalised world around us from the perspective of religion and faith. We aim to equip students with a sound knowledge and understanding of people’s values, beliefs and cultures as well as the most pressing and important ethical issues of our time. From the morality of war to the ethics of marriage and divorce, Religious Studies at Larne Grammar School covers numerous issues concerning both religious and secular society.


Overview of Year 8

  • Biblical Palestine – history, geography, religious and social life in 1st century Palestine
  • The Bible
  • The Teachings of Jesus
  • The Miracles of Jesus
  • Jesus’s relationships

Overview of Year 9

  • Moses
  • Judaism
  • The Last Days of Jesus
  • The Birth of the Church

Overview of Year 10

  • Islam
  • Ruth
  • William Wilberforce
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Crime and Punishment

Overview of GCSE Religious Studies

Examination Board is CCEA

2 papers each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes on:

  • Unit 1 - The Christian Church through a study of the Roman Catholic Church and one Protestant Denomination
  • Unit 6 -  An Introduction to Christian Ethics

Unit 1 will allow pupils to build on their KS3 studies and study in depth what the main Christian denominations in Northern Ireland believe – what they practise, on what these practices are based and how these beliefs and practices affect daily life.  Issues such as how churches are governed, church architecture and furnishings, sacraments, role of the churches in politics and wider society form the focus of this unit.

Unit 2 addresses several challenging topics where pupils examine their own beliefs and the beliefs of others.  Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, relationships, bioethics, war and social justice.

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A Level Religious Studies

The pupils will study two units during Year 13 and two units during Year 14.  They will sit one paper per unit, each lasting 1 hour 20 minutes at AS and 2 hours at A2. 

At AS the units are:

  • Unit 4 - The Origins and Development of the Early Christian Church to AD325
  • Unit 7 - Foundations of Ethics with special reference to issues in Medical Ethics

At A2 the units follow on from AS:

  • Unit 4 - Themes in the Early Church and the Church today
  • Unit 7 - Global Ethics

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Useful Links

Key Stage 3

BBC Schools Judaism

BBC Schools Islam

BBC Bitesize Religious Studies

World Religions (basic information)

GCSE and 'A' Level

CCEA Religious Studies Microsite


BBC Religion and Ethics

Girl Effect

Christian Aid


The Church of England

The Roman Catholic Church

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland

The Humanist Society