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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley

Religious Studies



Mr C Wylie (HOD)
Mr S Campbell
Mrs M O’Connor
Mrs B Willis

Edmund Rice College is a school steeped in the Christian Brothers tradition and as such Religious Education plays a central role within the life of the College. From their first days in Year 8 the pupils are surrounded by the ethos of Blessed Edmund Rice and are actively encouraged to take a full part in the spiritual life of the College.

The College follows the Fully Alive programme for key stage 3 students. This is an enjoyable and interactive programme which builds on the pupils’ personal experiences to enrich their understanding of the Christian faith. In addition other major world religions are examined including Islam and Judaism.

At GCSE level the department follows the CCEA syllabus studying the two key elements of St Mark’s Gospel and Roman Catholic Ethics. In addition the College also offers a GCSE equivalency course offered by OCCNI. This course is assessed through portfolio assignments over the two years and is worth a C grade at GCSE.

We are also proud to have an active post sixteen uptake for our A Level option. The pupils study the CCEA course following the formation of the Early Church as seen in Acts of the Apostles and the development of Celtic Christianity.

School Life and Ethos

As a pupil of Edmund Rice College your child will have the opportunity to become involved in the varied community based initiatives which contribute to the spiritual ethos of the school.

Locally, the College enjoys close links with the St. Vincent De Paul Society and internationally we are very proud to be involved with the Christian Brothers Zambia Immersion Project. Each year the school organises activities during the season of Lent to raise funds in support of specific aid given by the Brothers working in Livingstone, Southern Zambia.


We are very fortunate to be aided in our work within the department by the sterling efforts of our local chaplains. Both Fr. Sheehan and Fr. Brennan are regular visitors to the school and are actively engaged with the pupils in a range of ways, from leading liturgical services to classroom involvement.