What is the course about?

Religious Studies provide you with the chance to study issues and questions that matter:

  • What’s the value of a life?
  • What is the importance of relationships?
  • What to do in a moral situation?
  • What rights do humans have?

This course will provide students with a comprehensive faith-based approach to Religious Studies providing learners with the opportunity to focus solely on one of three major world religions (Christianity, Islam or Sikhism) and explore moral ethics and perspectives.

Subject content:

Range of topics you will be studying:

Option A

  • Religion and human relationships
  • Religion and medical ethics
  • Religion, poverty and wealth

Option B

  • Responsibility for the planet
  • War, peace and human rights
  • Prejudice and equality

Option C

  • Core beliefs
  • Special days and pilgrimage
  • Major divisions and interpretations

Option D

  • Places and forms of worship
  • Religion in the faith community and family
  • Sacred writings

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed through four written papers.

The written papers are each worth 25% of the overall GCSE, they each last ONE hour. Examinations will be held in the summer term.

In-class assessments are detailed below:

  • On-going informal assessment takes place in class throughout the year in all three skills (knowledge, understanding and evaluation)
  • Students are given feedback on how to improve their work
  • Intervention plans are put in place if necessary
  • Peer assessment

Exam Board - AQA

What skills are required?

Students are required to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religions.

Students will need to demonstrate detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of religion. They will need to be able to describe, explain and analyse the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning. Furthermore students will need to demonstrate the impact a religion has on the lives of its believers.


Religious Studies enables students to develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues in considerable depth. All modules address at least one of these areas directly.

Students will also gain an understanding of the beliefs of the faith concerned and of the way these have an impact on cultural and social issues in the community and in the family.

Why study Religious Studies?

In the world of work employers look for someone with an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints, an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions. These skills all develop through Religious Studies.

If you want to work with people, in caring work, teaching, journalism, publishing, policing, child care, health, catering, leisure and tourism, work abroad or in a cosmopolitan setting, Religious Studies will give you plenty to think about, and valuable expertise.