Religious Studies

Exam Board: AQA

In a rapidly changing multi-ethnic society, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics has never been more relevant than in today's world. Understanding the diversity of religious beliefs and how those beliefs affect the meaning of people’s lives, allows us to understand the impact on individuals, culture, and behaviour.

This course studies the beliefs and practices of the religions of Christianity and Islam. Scholars also study a range of ethical and philosophical issues. We encourage scholars to debate ultimate questions; Is God real? Why does suffering exist? What is the purpose of life? Scholars will gain knowledge of what religious and non-faith people believe whilst expanding their own opinions on controversial topics such as the use of animals in experimentation, abortion, euthanasia, divorce, and the death penalty. Religious Studies develops the following skills:


The qualification is divided into two components:

Paper 1 – The study of beliefs and practices of two religions – (Christian Beliefs and Practices. Islamic Beliefs and Practices.)

1hr 45-minute paper.

Paper 2 – Thematic Studies Four topics are studied:

1 hour 45-minute paper

Theme A – Relationships and Families

Theme B – Medical ethics and the Environment

Theme C – The Existence of God

Theme E – Crime and Punishment

Where can it lead?

A GCSE in Religious Studies will develop a range of transferable skills including communication, interpersonal, critical thinking, and excellent writing skills. Many students go on to study the subject at A-Level and University and find their understanding of the subject to be useful in the following areas: law, police, journalism, health and social care, teaching, nursing, charity, and humanitarian work.