Students will complete a Full Course Edexcel Religious Studies GCSE (Religion and Life/Religion and Society) starting during Year 9 and ending in Year 11. The examination is based upon a study of Christianity and Islam, but with a clear emphasis on students developing their own opinions on relevant subject matters.

Students are required to gain knowledge and understanding about religion, to make informed and balanced judgements about religious belief and moral issues, and to apply religious insights to the students’ own lives.

By the end of the course, students should be able to: analyse problems, think creatively and independently, be able to evaluate opposing perspectives, identify weaknesses in arguments, and critically assess debates and arguments.

Year 9:

Year 9s joining Religious Studies will be starting the specification for Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies B and will be covering the following modules:

Religion and Ethics: Christianity                       

  • Belief in God
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Living the Religious Life
  • Matters of Life and Death

Religion, Philosophy and Social Injustice: Islam

  • Belief in God
  • Religious Experience
  • Living in the Religious Life
  • Equality

Year 10 & 11 (until 2017) 

Students complete the following modules over this time

Religion and Life:

  • Believing in God (Religious upbringing/Religious experience/Design & Causation arguments/Problem of evil and suffering)
  • Matters of life and death (non-religious belief about life after death/abortion/euthanasia)
  • Marriage and the family (sex outside of marriage/divorce/family life/homosexuality/contraception)
  • Religion and community cohesion (gender roles/equal rights for women/promoting racial harmony and/UK as a multi-faith society)

​Religion and Society:

  • Rights and responsibilities (The Bible/conscience/situation ethics/Human Rights/Moral duties/Democracy)
  • Environmental and medical issues (Global Warming/Pollution/Stewardship/Infertility/Transplant surgery)
  • Peace and conflict (The United Nations/Just War Theory/attitudes to war/conflict/bullying/forgiveness and reconciliation)
  • Crime and punishment (Theories of punishment/capital punishment/drugs and alcohol)