Religious Studies/Religion & Society

Students will study GCSE Religious Studies (full course) as part of the core curriculum subjects in KS4.

What will I study as part of GCSE Religious Studies?

Current Year 9 and 10

GCSE Full Course: Religious Studies A

What is the exam format?

Final examinations: 2 papers worth 50% each

Exam Board: AQA

Unit 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices

This unit examines two of the diverse religious traditions and beliefs in Great Britain today: Buddhism and Christianity.  Christianity is of course the main religious tradition in Great Britain today.  This unit studies the beliefs, teachings and practices of these religions and their basis in sources of wisdom and authority as well as the influence on individuals, communities and societies.  Within the Buddhist tradition, the course will refer to Theravada, Mahayana, Zen and Pure Land Buddhism.  In Christianity, students will refer to a range of different Christian perspectives including Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.

Unit 2: Thematic studies

This unit studies religious, philosophical and ethical arguments relating to a number of different issues and their impact and influence on the modern world.  The issues include:

Relationships and families, including sex, marriage and divorce.

Religion and life, including abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation.

Religion, peace and conflict, including violence, weapons of mass destruction and pacifism.

Religion, crime and punishment, including corporal punishment, death penalty and forgiveness.


Current Year 11

GCSE Full Course: Religion & Society from the perspective of Christianity and Islam

What is the exam format?

Final examinations: 2 papers worth 50% each

Exam Board: Edexcel

Unit 1: Religion and Life from the perspective of Christianity and Islam

Believing in God

  • Reasons for belief and disbelief in God and arguments  for and against the existence of God.

Matters of Life and Death

  • Evidence for an afterlife, views of the afterlife in Christianity and Islam, sanctity of life, abortion and euthanasia.

Marriage and the Family

  • Contraception, family life, sexual relationships, marriage and divorce.

Community Cohesion

  • Roles and responsibilities of men and women, racism and homophobia.

Unit 8: Religion and Society from the perspective of Christianity and Islam

 Religion: Rights and Responsibilities

  • Moral decision making, human rights, electoral processes and genetic engineering.

Religion: Environmental and Medical Issues

  • Pollution, natural resources, stewardship of world’s resources, transplant surgery and infertility treatments.

Religion: Peace and Conflict

  • War and peace issues, Christianity and war, Islam and war, bullying and forgiveness.

Religion: Crime and Punishment

  • Law and justice, Christianity and justice, Islam and justice, punishment and capital punishment.

What careers or courses might this lead to?

Religious Studies can be taken at A ‘level in some local colleges and 6th forms. Careers in teaching, law, business, local government, social or youth worker, emergency services, NHS, management, HR, ministry, journalism or charity work could be considered.


Useful website links & Revision Guides:



Power Point Revision exercises

Open this link and view as a slide show to complete the exercises

RS Unit 1 What do you think Generator

RS Unit 8 What do you think Generator

BiG Revision powerpoint

CaP Revision Powerpoint

EMI Revision powerpoint

Marriage and Family Revision Powerpoint

MLD Revision powerpoint

PaC Revision powerpoint

Religion and Community Cohesion Revision powerpoint

RR Revision Powerpoint


Revision Cards to download

Y11 RS – Unit 1 Key Words in pictures

Y11 RS – Unit 8 Key Words in pictures