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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S3-4 Religious Education

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


The Course

The Religious Education course for S3/4 will cover CfE Levels 3 and 4 Experiences and Outcomes will be based on ‘This is Our Faith’ – the Religious Education syllabus for Scotland. There are eight strands which will be covered:

  • Mystery of God   
  • In the Image of God   
  • Revealed Truth of God 
  • Son of God
  • Signs of God           
  • Word of God     
  • Hours of God         
  • Reign of God

Some of the topics covered will be: Conflict, Relationships, Making Moral Decisions, Catholic Social Teaching, Sacraments, Liturgical Year, Salvation, Faith in Action.  Pupils will also examine the beliefs, practices and traditions of another World Religion.   

In S3 pupils will also take part in the Inspiring Purpose programme, which is offered by Character Scotland.  Pupils will also work on the Youth Philanthropy Initiative in S3. (In addition to taking part in this initiative pupils may be awarded the SQA Belief in Action award.)  Pupils will have the opportunity in S4 to undertake an SQA National 5 Unit on a Religious and Philosophical Issue.             


How this course can help you

In Religious Education, pupils will further develop their knowledge of Christian beliefs, practices and traditions and how this influences the moral decisions that they make.  Pupils will also examine moral issues through the viewpoints of other world religions and those independent of religious belief.  

Pupils will develop their communication skills through reading, writing, talking and listening. They will also develop confidence in presentation, group discussion skills, research and ICT.   This will be achieved by pupils working on individual or group tasks, group and class discussion thereby developing leadership and team building skills. 

Religious Education can help pupils with future career and study options. For example, the ability to examine different arguments with regard to moral issues whilst respecting the opinions of others and finally coming to a conclusion as to what the correct action should be is not only a skill required for university students but also one which would be valuable for those planning a career in nursing, emergency services, armed forces, education, business and the media.


Assessment in S3/4 will take a variety of forms:

Formative Assessment: pupils will complete work throughout the year which will be given teacher feedback to help them improve. Peer assessment will also be completed in class.

Unit Assessments: at the end of each Unit, pupils will complete an assessment.  This will help teachers to assess progress within a level.