GCSE Religious Education

Exam Board – AQA Specification A

The Course

The aims of this course encourage students to:

Develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a study of religion and its relation to the wider world     

Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance, impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning

Express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments


Each module is assessed through a one hour and forty five minute examination at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework in this subject.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed throughout this course, ensuring that individual student needs are catered for.

One paper will examine them on Religion – Islam and Christianity

One paper will examine them on Themes – Crime and punishment, Religion, peace and conflict, Relationship and families and religion human rights and social justice.

Where will it leads

R.S. GCSE provides an excellent basis for the further study at A Level and beyond. Students often go on to study philosophy at A- level or degree level.

Amongst careers available to students are: law, travel, advertising, human resources, diplomacy, publishing, journalism, media and teaching.