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Religious Studies

Curriculum Leader: Ms Lewis


  • Assessment:  Taken in Year 11
  • Exam Board: EDEXCEL Religious Studies B
  • 100% of the GCSE is achieved through two exams.

Paper 1

Christianity: Religion and Ethics (exam 1 hour and 45 minutes)

Christian beliefs, Marriage and the family, Living the Christian life, Matters of life and death.

Paper 2

Islam: Religion, Peace and Conflict (exam 1 hour 45 minutes)

Beliefs, Crime and Punishment, Living the Religious Life, Peace and conflict.

What Skills will I Develop?

For students, the aim is to understand why people of faith believe, think and act as they do.  You are not expected necessarily to agree.  Indeed, in Religious Studies and Ethics students are encouraged to ask, question and debate contemporary issues in society.  We stress critical thinking skills: no matter what your view is, you should be able to argue it well and justify it.

GCSE Religious Studies lays a solid foundation for further study of Religion and Theology at A Level and related A Level subjects including Philosophy, History, Government and Politics, Sociology and English Literature.

Key Stage 3

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
7 Introduction to Religious StudiesThe Life of Jesus   Religious Prophets
8 SikhismPilgrimagePhilosophy of Religion
9 Evil and Suffering     Citizenship Only Citizenship Only

Year 7

Extension work: Students should develop their debating skills and learn to formulate an arguments.

Assessment: Students are assessed through essays, role play, presentations and debate.

Year 8

Extension work: Students should consider what it means to be part of a religion, and how it affects someone’s life.

Assessment: Students are assessed through art work, presentation, and a group project.

Year 9

Extension work: Students should consider the problems with believing in God and be aware of potential solutions.

Assessment: Students are assessed through a project, a speech, and essays.