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Head of Department

Mrs Elaine O'Neill

Departmental Staff

Mr J Devlin

Mrs M Rafferty

Miss N McAllister


Year 8

In Year 8 students study the life and work of Jesus through a range of reading and writing activities.  They explore the life of St. Pius X and why their school is named after this saint. Pupils are given the opportunity to become familiar with the bible, both Old Testament and New Testament and pupils receive their own Gideon’s Bible to help with this unit. Pupils carry out project work, on selected themes through the use of ICT. The different units of study allow the opportunity for prayer and faith development.

Year 9

In Year 9 students continue to build on the firm foundations established in Year 8, developing a more detailed understanding and appreciation the life of Jesus focusing on St. Luke’s Gospel. Pupils will continue to develop a deeper understanding of their faith by looking at moral issues and their response to them. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their Speaking and Listening skills in group discussions. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to look at world religions such as Judaism.

Year 10

In Year 10 students build upon their knowledge on the life of Jesus by looking at his life in greater depth through the different gospel’s to start preparing pupils for their GCSE RE. Written activities will be tailored to help the transition from Key Stage 3 to GSCE. Pupils will be given the opportunity to look world religions. They will continue to develop their faith through a range of faith development activities.


Religious Studies

Exam Board: CCEA

A Level

Religious Studies

Exam Board: CCEA

Vocational Qualifications

CoPe Level 2

Exam Board: ASDAN

Career Opportunities

Religious Studies graduates find opportunities with many different employers. Public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organisations employ Religious Studies graduates in a range of roles, including:

  • Administration

  • Social Worker

  • Advice Worker

  • Counsellor

  • Housing Advisor

Other typical employers include:

  • Minister of Religion

  • Teacher

  • Journalist

  • Librarian

  • Youth and Community worker

Student Support Materials

K3 Revision Booklets


KS4 GCSE Religious Studies Unit 5 Guide

KS4 GCSE Religious Studies Unit 8 Guide


AS Religious Studies Unit 2 and Unit 7 Guide

A2 Religious Studies Unit 2 and Unit 7 Guide


Synoptic Assessment Guide


ASDAN CoPE Level 2 Guide


Pope John Paul II Award

Muiredach Cross Award

Trócaire Romero Award

Miraculous Medal Novena

Padre Pio Novena

Holy Family Youth Group


Faith Award Group annual pilgrimage to Knock


P7 Confirmation Retreat

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