Religious Studies

Subject Overview

Religious Studies enables students to understand the world in which they live. The subject enhances thinking skills, analytical thought and independent learning, equipping students with a set of highly marketable qualities for further education and the world of employment. Throughout the teaching of Religious Studies an open and honest approach is fostered that allows an environment to be created in which students feel able to share ideas and develop their own beliefs. As a department we are committed to drawing out the best of our students.

In Years 7 and 8 we look at a global course which encompasses the six main world religions and covers such topics as discrimination, poverty and the environment. Students are encouraged to engage in passionate discussion and examination of their own world views

At GCSE we focus on philosophical and ethical issues from a Christian perspective, alongside the main teachings of Christianity and Islam, offering students a choice of the full or short course.

As part of the A-level students will study philosophy, ethics and theology. Students often say that this in-depth look at the subject can be life-changing. We participate in events both inside and outside of the school, including conferences and university-led seminars. Groups of students have given presentations and won prizes for these over the last few years.

KS3 GCSE iGCSE Pre A level / Pre IB IB A Level Cambridge Technical Pre U

What skills will I learn?

  • Critical thinking
  • Debating skills
  • Abstract reasoning
  • Logical thinking
  • Self-reflection
  • Arguing philosophically
  • Respect for all
  • Open-mindedness
  • Appreciation and wonder

What else will I get to do?

  • Participate in events both inside and outside of the school, including conferences and university-led seminars.
  • Give presentations at academic conferences.
  • Attend local theology groups.


  • Visit local places of worship: UKC mosque, Blean church, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Philosophy conferences

Visiting Lecturers

In recent years:

  • Dr Alexandra Trofimov, UKC: The Ethics of Euthanasia
  • Major Andrew Pelham: Warfare and Armed Intervention
  • Professor Robert Beckford: How Theology Changed The World
  • Professor Gordon Lynch: Remembering Child Migration: Faith, Nation-Building and the Wounds of Charity

The next step..

Students have gone on to study law, medicine, veterinary science, politics, philosophy, theology

Meet the Head of Religios Studies


Elaine Jameson

I have been teaching Religious Studies since 2000, initially in the maintained sector and for the last seventeen years here at Kent College Canterbury. My interest in the subject goes well beyond the classroom, and I am involved with the local contemporary theology group and I am an active member of the University of Kent's philosophy forum. In my teaching, I encourage students to think for themselves and apply what we discuss to their everyday lives. I want them to be open-minded, challenge pre-conceptions and be caring towards others. By exploring their own beliefs and trying to understand the lives of others they give themselves the opportunity to develop a fuller appreciation of the world around us. I very much hope that this way of thinking stays with them long after they have left KC.

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