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Religious Studies

In your Religious Studies lessons you will study a range of religious and moral issues.



In year 7 you will study:

Life as an early Christian in 64CE

Features of a church – what can we find?

The life of Jesus –Saviour, Miracle maker or legend?

What are we doing to our environment? How can we save it?


In year 8, you will study:

Past and present Judaism

Festivals of lights

Islam in modern society

Charity – to give or not to give?


In year 9, you will study range of moral and ethical issues:

How do we decide what is right or wrong?

Ultimate questions

Human rights

Forgiveness in South Africa

The Hajj – Pilgrimage to Mecca


GCSE Religious Studies: Philosophy & Ethics Exam Board: AQA

Aims of Subject

  • to encourage you to think about the ‘big questions’ in life
  • to consider the ways in which people have attempted to answer these questions
  • to understand and explore cultural and ethical issues that are in the news today
  • to gain a knowledge and understanding of one or more living religions
  • to help you gain a clearer picture of your own beliefs and those of others


Aims of Course

  • to think critically and present a logical argument
  • to express yourself clearly in discussion and in written form
  • to develop conceptual thinking skills in order to explore ideas
  • to develop the ability to evaluate evidence and understand different viewpoints
  • to be able to support conclusions with reasons and evidence
  • to become reflective thinkers


Course Description

Section A: The study of religions: beliefs and teachings of the Christian tradition.

Section B: Thematic studies: religious, philosophical and ethical studies:

Theme A: Relationships and families. Theme B: Religion, peace and conflict.

Theme B: Religion and Life

Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict

Theme E: Religion, Crime and Punishment

These courses raise a wide range of topical questions: Why do people believe in God? Is violence ever justified, Should ‘Gay marriage’ be allowed? If God exists why is there evil and suffering? Was the universe created by God? Each area is considered from the perspective of Christianity and one other religion.

How the course will help me

The course complements other subjects very well. This is the case in the Humanities, especially History, as we consider a lot of the same issues (war and peace and prejudice and discrimination) from an ethical and religious perspective. The subject also provides insights into topics covered in Science and English. Philosophy is a popular degree subject either on its own or combined with Politics and Economics or Psychology or Religious Studies. The knowledge and social skills developed are valued in a range of careers that involve people (Police, Social work, Teaching), and the evaluative skills are helpful in areas such as Law and Journalism.

Course structure and assessment methods

During lessons the emphasis will be on active participation with students joining in paired or small group work, discussion and debate as well as reading and responding in written form to video clips and a variety of texts. Students have access to a range of course, revision and assessment material.

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed by two written exams of 1 hr 45 minutes each.

Candidates will answer all the questions in the form of short and longer answers.

There is no written homework during Years 10 and 11 and the course is offered without controlled assessment.

How families can help

  • By encouraging students to read widely and drawing their attention to stories with an ethical or religious theme in the news media.
  • By discussing issues and encouraging students to express themselves in a thoughtful way.


For more information please contact Miss Ison.