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Religious Education

Staff List and HOD Names

Ms C Shevlin (HOD)

Mr S Quinn

Mr M McCaughan

Mr N Banks

Ms G O’Rawe

Ms R Greene

Ms L Kelly

Aims of Department

The Religious Education Department in All Saints College supports the Catholic faith and values of our religion. The ethos and tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, underpins the education of our students. 

Religious Education not only promotes academic success, but also supports the faith development of all students in partnership with parents, the parish and wider religious community.

We recognise the diversity of faiths and cultures in our school and work to embrace and build understanding between those on different faith journeys.

Outline of Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5


Students at Key Stage 3 have an opportunity to follow a dynamic and stimulating programme of study. Based on the experiential approach to religious development, a variety of resources and stimuli are used to ensure the needs of all students are met in line with the NI Curriculum. Our students are provided with the opportunity to challenge ideas, develop their thinking skills and to promote their personal capabilities.


At Key Stage 4 all students study a Level 2 course which recognises their preferred learning pathway. The 2 pathways we currently offer are:


GCSE Religious Studies (The Gospel of Mark, Christian Ethics and /or Islamic Studies.


Certificate in Religious Studies Level 2 OCN OCNNI


Students studying an OCN in Religious Studies complete nine topics which are externally moderated and assessed.  Once completed, students receive a Level 2 (Grade B equivalent). There is no exam requirement. Students complete the following units:

  • Addiction

  • Charity and Religious Charity

  • Exploring Personal Faith and Identity

  • Exploring Religious Traditions

  • Matters of Life and Death

  • Life of a Famous Person of Faith

  • Marriage and Divorce

  • Prejudice and Reconciliation

  • World Faiths



A/S and A-Level Religious Studies is offered at Post-16. Link to CCEA website at

Career Opportunities

The skills developed through the study of Religious Education provide a firm foundation for progress to a wide variety of career opportunities. As well as developing Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, students develop the skills of investigation, analysis, evaluation and communication.

Career pathways can include:

Advice Worker


Broadcast Journalist

Charity Officer

Civil Service Administrator

Editorial Assistant

Newspaper Journalist

Social Worker

Youth Worker

Additional Information

Spiritual Development and Extra-Curricular Activities

Religious Education is about the growth of the whole individual and as educators we feel it is important that this is developed.  The School Chaplains within the parish and the Belfast Islamic Centre, working closely with members of the Religion Department, are central to this development.  Students have the opportunity to participate in retreats, liturgies, visits and a variety of youth conferences.   The school has its own Oratory or ‘Shared Sacred Space’ for prayer, reflection and the celebration of Mass.  All students have an opportunity to visit the Oratory as prayer is an integral part of their spiritual development.

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