Religious Studies

Religious Education is concerned with the deep meaning that individuals and groups make of their experiences and how this helps them give purpose to their lives. It provides opportunities to explore, make and respond to the meanings of those experiences in relation to the beliefs and experiences of others as well as to one’s own experiences.

Our GCSE covers a range of the major world religions, six contemporary ethical themes and two textual studies, ensuring students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore.

Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.


Exam Board: AQA

Qualification: GCSE Religious Studies

Assessment breakdown:

  • Exam: 100%

The course will focus on:

  • Christianity
  • Sikhism
  • Islam
  • Religion and life
  • The existence of God and revelation
  • Crime and punishment
  • Human rights and social justice

Skills Gained

  • Ability to support arguments with evidence
  • Ability to infer from text
  • Ability to compare different religion
  • Ability to sustain an argument across an essay

Possible Careers

  • Advice worker
  • Charity officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Community development worker
  • Editorial assistant
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Social worker