Welcome to Religious Education

At The Co-operative Academy of Manchester we believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn about the religions and cultures of their fellow students and of the wider world. 

Curriculum overview

  • Years 7-8: All students take one lesson per week of RE. 
  • In the spring of Year 8, students choose the options subjects they will take from Year 9 to Year 11. Students and their families are guided through this process through taster lessons, assemblies, our options online guide and a special options information evening. We support all students to choose subjects they will enjoy and which they will succeed in, and which will unlock future opportunities.
  • Year 9-11: Students choosing to continue studies in RE have two lessons per week and look at a variety of moral issues, as well as where different religions stand on these issues.

From Year 7 onwards, students will study units based on concepts, rather than one particular religion. Within each unit there will be a focus on different world religions as well as Humanism and Atheism to ensure understanding of a variety of belief systems.

Some of the themes explored throughout Key Stage 3 include:

  • To what extent is suffering caused by humans?
  • Is there life after death?
  • “Caring for the environment is more important that caring for human life” Do you agree?
  • What relevance does religion have in today’s society?
  • What does it mean to become enlightened? 

Qualifications entered in Year 11

GCSE Religious Studies A (AQA)

Topics covered


Our students take a leading role in organising charity fundraising events. At Christmas, our students collected together well over 100 shoeboxes including gifts for children less fortunate than themselves. 

  • Shoebox appeal 2016