Anatomy And Physiology Online Courses - Religion and Belief Policy

We are committed to creating a community that facilitates the practice of religion by its staff and students. Anatomy and Physiology Online Courses is a diverse community with staff and students from many different religious backgrounds and beliefs all working and studying together.

What is the difference between religion and belief?

Religion is a set of beliefs with a clear structure. They often have cultural practices and an authority who organises worship shares its teachings and promotes its interests. Examples include Islam, Judaism, Rastafarianism or Jainism. The Equality Act 2010 also protects people who follow a religious denomination, such as Catholicism or Greek Orthodox.

A belief can be religious or philosophical. The law defines a belief as one which is genuinely held about a substantial aspect of human life or behaviour, that is not incompatible with human dignity or in conflict with the fundamental rights of others. Examples include humanism, pacifism, veganism and a belief in man-made climate change. Beliefs such as Holocaust denial and racial superiority are specifically not protected under the Equality Act 2010, because they conflict with the rights of others.

The Equality Act 2010 also protects people who do not have a religion or belief. For example, Atheism or Agnosticism.

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The application of this policy will be reviewed annually by the Principal.

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