Religious Studies

Key Stage 3 – Ethical Studies

What will students learn at Key Stage 3?

All students will have a one hour lesson a week. The course is designed to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of Multi-Faith Britain, whilst also reflecting on non-religious views and attitudes.

What will students learn Year 7 and 8?

Click here for the SOL which students will follow in Key Stage 3.

What will students learn in Year 9?

Year 9 is about laying the foundations of knowledge, understanding and key skills for GCSE RS. Click here for the SOL which students will follow in year 9.

Key Stage 4 – Religious Studies

You do not have to be religious yourself to take GCSE RS! The key requirement is: Do you love asking questions and debating the meaning of life which have an array of responses, but no concrete answers? If the answer is yes, then this is the subject for you. This course will help you to understand a range of religious and non-religious beliefs evident in Multi-cultural and multi-religious Britain against a range of challenging and contemporary moral issues.

  • GCSE exam board: Edexcel
  • Exam Specification: B
  • Qualification structure: 100% examination, consisting of 2 exams at the end of year 11 which are equally weighted. They are both 1hr 45mins long.

What will GCSE students study?

Paper 1: Religion and Ethics Christianity (course code: 1RBO/1B)

This paper focuses on the beliefs of Christians. However, students will study the divergent views of Christians against the non-religious views of Atheists and Humanists in both the Marriage and the family and Matters of Life and Death units.

  • Christian beliefs
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Matters of Life and Death

Paper 2: Religion, Peace and Conflict (course code: 1RBO/2C)

This paper focuses on the beliefs of Muslims. However, students will study the divergent views of Muslims against the non-religious views of Atheists and

Humanists in both the Crime and punishment and Peace and Conflict units.

  • Islamic Beliefs
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Peace and Conflict

Subject specific websites

CLICK: Specification

CLICK: Model exam papers and markschemes

Recommended study guides: Are available in the school library for purchase, but can also be purchased from companies like Amazon: Victor W. Watton Hodder Education, 30 Oct 2017

What careers can GCSE RS lead too?

Career progression from obtaining a RE GCSE can include: counselling and social services, political and service sector roles, education and training, medicine and nursing, and journalism.