GCSE Religious Education

Course Description


Religious Studies is a core subject in the school so you have to take this subject .We have chosen this course since it is about you, your life and the issues you will face when you leave school and go into the multi-ethnic, multi-faith society which is the UK.


GCSE Religious Studies involves a lot of thinking and writing and shows you are aware of other people’s beliefs and the nature of the society you live in. It helps you to think through some of the big issues of life about which adults argue all the time. It helps to remove the ignorance that causes prejudice, hatred and violence in our world (for example many wars are caused through misunderstandings about religion).

It also gives you the opportunity to explore religious and moral beliefs in a safe and questioning environment so that you can become sure of your own beliefs and explain them

clearly to others. Religious Studies is not about making you ‘religious’, it is about enabling you to think for yourself about religious and moral issues.


Course Content


In the Religion and life : Catholic Christianity Unit 3 and 8 you will cover :


Why some people believe in God and some people don’t.

Why some people believe in life after death and some people don’t.

Different attitudes to abortion and euthanasia

Different attitudes to sex, marriage and divorce

Different attitudes to family life

Different attitudes to homosexuality

Different attitudes to contraception

Religion and community cohesion in terms of women’s rights, ethnic rights and the problems and the benefits of living in a multi-faith society.

All topics are linked with Catholic / Christian teachings and viewpoints.


Religion and Society Unit 3 you will cover:


Different ways in which Christians make moral decisions

Different attitudes to human rights, genetic engineering, environmental problems, transplant

surgery, infertility treatments, war, bullying, religious conflicts in families and crime and


The work of the UN for world peace

Problems of drugs and alcohol

Religious attitudes to drugs and alcohol.

There is a World faith element of either Judaism or Islam in the course. This links with Christian / Catholic viewpoints.




You are taking a Full Course, so you will be assessed through two 1½ hour exams. At the end of Year 11.



Future Opportunities


The main advantage of GCSE Religious Studies is that it prepares you for life and gives you the skills you will need to make the decisions every adult faces. It is also an excellent preparation for A Level Social Sciences (Law, Sociology, Psychology as well as A Level Religious Studies, History, English. It links in with Science subjects and then the Ethics links in with some medical professions. In addition, many jobs appreciate the skills GCSE Religious Studies will give you, for example medicine, the police, the armed forces and the caring professions (social work, nursing, and probation service, teaching medicine).

Further Information


It gives a sound basis for the A Level course in Ethics and Philosophy .


Year 9 and 10 9-1 GCSE


Students will be expected to study Catholic Christianity within the context of the wider British society, the religious traditions of which are, in the main, Christian. Students should compare
and contrast the areas of belief and practice within Catholic Christianity with wider Christian perspectives as outlined in the content below.

  • Beliefs about the afterlife and their significance (1.8)*
  • The practice and significance of worship (2.2)*.

Students should recognise that Catholic Christianity is one of the many religious traditions in Great Britain which include Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. This
knowledge may be applied throughout the assessment of the specified content.
Students should also recognise that within Catholic Christianity there may be more than one perspective in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed. Common and divergent views within the wider Christian tradition in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed should be included throughout, including reference to Orthodox, Protestant and other Christian traditions.
The significance and importance of the various beliefs.



Paper 1 – 1A – Catholic Christianity – Time : 1 hour 45 minutes.
Paper 2 – Study of Religion – Option 2F Judaism . 50 mins.
Paper 3 – Philosophy and Ethics . Catholic Christianity. 50 mins.