Religious Studies GCSE


Examination Board



Overview of the course:

As part of the core curriculum all students will study Religious Studies, completing a full GCSE at the end of Year 11.  It is interesting and rewarding, regardless of an individual’s belief.  It is important that you have an enquiring mind, are prepared to listen and discuss other people’s viewpoints, are able to form your own views and use evidence to support your conclusions. Religious Studies is valued as a subject that enables students to develop a critical and analytical approach to a range of questions. This is hugely beneficial if you wish to go on to study the subject beyond GCSE or to support other post-16 courses.

Course content

Students will study two religions from the major faith traditions represented in the UK. Potential content may be from the following areas (where themes are repeated, this will be studied from the perspective of an alternative religion):

Religion and Ethics

·         Belief in God

·         Marriage and the Family

·         Living the Religious Life

·         Matters of Life and Death

Religion, Peace and Conflict

·         Belief in God

·         Crime and Punishment

·         Living the Religious Life

·         Peace and Conflict

Religion, Philosophy and Social Justice

·         Belief in God

·         Religious Experience

·         Living the Religious Life

·         Equality

How you will be assessed:

·         The course is 100% examined in two written papers where you will be graded on a nine point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

·         The examinations may include short open response questions as well as extended writing questions.

·         You will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding, as well as your ability to analyse and evaluate various aspects of belief.

Post-16 options available to you:

You can go on to study Religious Studies at AS and A level, both of which are currently available in The Sandon Sixth Form.