Religious Studies (GCSE) -


Examination Board


Edexcel (Specification B)

Overview of the course:

As part of the core curriculum all students will study Religious Studies, achieving a full course GCSE at the end of Year 11.  It is an interesting and rewarding subject, regardless of an individual’s belief.  It is important that you have an enquiring mind and are prepared to listen and consider alternative viewpoints. You will develop the ability 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 in depth from the major faith traditions represented in the UK, as well as considering other worldviews throughout. Content for the two examination papers is divided into:

Religion and Ethics (Christianity)

·         Christian Beliefs

·         Marriage and the Family

·         Living the Christian Life

·         Matters of Life and Death

Religion, Peace and Conflict (Islam)

·         Muslim Beliefs

·         Crime and Punishment

·         Living the Muslim Life

·         Peace and Conflict

How you will be assessed:

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

·         The examinations will 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 A level, which is currently available in The Sandon Sixth Form.