What is a GCSE in Religious Studies?

Religious Studies GCSE is a course that allows learners to be challenged about beliefs, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.  Learners will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture.

Course Details

Qualification Exam Board Specification
GCSE Religious Studies A TBC TBC

Subject Leader

Miss A. Allen
Subject Leader for Religious Studies

Course Overview

In the video below, Mrs Park, Subject Teacher for Religious Studies, explains the different topics you will study on the Religious Studies course:


You will cover:

  • Religions: beliefs, teachings and practices – with in-depth study of two major world religions.
  • Religious, philosophical and ethical studies – covering a number of possible themes such as religion and life, relationships and families, crime and punishment, peace and conflict, human rights and social justice.

The GCSE covers a range of the major world religions, contemporary ethical themes and textual studies, ensuring you have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore. Studying RE gives you the opportunity to consider different beliefs, and attitudes to religious and non-religious issues, in contemporary British society. You will become aware that the religious traditions of Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, and that religious traditions in Great Britain are diverse. They include Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, as well as other religious and non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism. This knowledge may be applied throughout the assessment of the subject content.

You will take two final written exams at the end of Year 11; each exam has a weighting of 50%, and is 1 hour and 45 minutes in length. The exams follow the same pattern of questioning as you have experienced when studying Cultural Studies in KS3, and involve a varying range of question length and marks.

Possible careers include International Aid/Development Workers, Mediator, Archivist, Counsellor, Chaplain, and Teacher.

Got A Question?

If you have a question about Religious Studies you can use the form below to contact Miss Allen, Subject Leader for Religious Studies.