GCSE Religious Studies2018-04-06T11:57:25+00:00

GCSE Religious Studies

Religious Studies: Religions, Philosophy and Ethics OCR J625

The Course

The new GCSE in Religious Studies provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of two religions through the study of their beliefs, teaching and practices and to explore philosophy and ethical studies in the modern world.

The course will include a study of Christianity and Hinduism, examining questions including ‘what is God?’, ‘how did we get here?’, ‘why do we suffer?’, ‘what happens when we die’? Students will also follow a study of philosophical and ethical arguments and their impact in the modern world. This will include examining a range of topics including the ‘family and relationships’, the ‘nature of reality’, ‘challenges for religion’ and ‘dialogue between religious groups’.

Assessment is 100% written examination across 3 final papers;

Topic Assessment Proportion of Grade 9-1
Beliefs and Teachings & Practices of Christianity
63 marks (including 3 SPAG)
1 hour exam
Beliefs and Teachings & Practices of Hinduism
63 marks (including 3 SPAG)
1 hour exam
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from a Christian view
126 marks (including 6 SPAG)
2 hour exam

Why Study Religious Studies?

The study of Religious Studies at GCSE allows pupils to engage in debate and discussion about life in a modern pluralistic society, including developing an understanding of nonreligious beliefs. Students are encouraged to develop and understand personal values and beliefs with the emphasis on an enquiring, critical and empathetic approach to the study of religion. Students will acquire a range of transferable skills which will benefit them in the study of other academic disciplines. These include in-depth debate leading to critical evaluation and analysis in both oral and written form, and essay writing, which involves using a range of evidence to construct a coherent written discussion.

The skills developed in Religious Studies are useful to a wide range of future careers, including those in Law, Education, Anthropology, Media, Social Work, Politics, Administration, Human Resources and International Relations.