Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Senior School Religious Studies Department

Religious Studies (RS) is a growing subject at Marlborough College Malaysia.  It forms part of the ‘Humanities Rotation’ for pupils in Shell (Year 9) and is offered at IGCSE (Edexcel examination board) level.  The course content is focussed on acquiring knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, values and traditions, through the study of a variety of religions with a focus on Christianity at IGCSE.  RS enables pupils to consider the influence of religious beliefs, consider religious and non-religious responses to ethical issues and respond to fundamental questions of life raised by human experience.

The department is comprised of three beaks each of whom foster a sense of learning and bring a variety of expertise to the teaching of RS.  Classes are full of activity with a focus on discussion and debate.

Prep School Religious Studies Department

Religion plays an important part in both the deeper and day-to-day life of Malaysia. Recognising this, the Prep School offers a holistic approach to Religious Studies (RS). By the end of Year 8 all pupils will have studied the six major religions of the world: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism. Some Eastern religions are also explored and Philosophy is introduced.

In the Lower Prep, RS is taught through the excitement of religious festivals, an approach made all the more vibrant through living in this multi-cultural environment. From Year 5 different religions are taught on rotation. This study includes the history and origins of the religion, its teachings, ideology and the ways in which people express their faith. The pupils of Years 7 and 8 pursue a more in-depth look at the Abrahamic religions and finish Year 8 with an introduction to Philosophy.

By studying such a wide range of religions, not only do we reflect some of the faiths and beliefs of our global and diverse pupil body but we also nurture respect and understanding amongst them.


Year 3 | India Day

Prep | Chinese New Year

Year 8 | RS trip to Singapore visiting a church, Mosque, and synagogue.

Pre-Prep Religious Studies Department

In Religious Studies the children learn about a range of religious stories to reflect the multi-faith nature of Marlborough College Malaysia. They are able to describe some religious practices and reflect on the feelings of others. The children are encouraged to celebrate their differences in a sensitive and inclusive environment.

“I enjoy debating the different topics within RS” – Florence Gibbon, Year 7


I enjoy RS because it relates to History and Politics and Religion meaning it covers more topics” – Oliver Grubb, Year 8