GCSE RS (Edexcel)


What is GCSE Religious Studies all about?

Religious studies is all about trying to answer the big questions that we all think about now and again like ‘what is the meaning of life?’ or ‘what happens to us after we die?’  Religious studies is all about finding out what people believe and why.    Finally, religious studies will help you to consider and explore moral issues such euthanasia, prejudice, abortion and poverty.


Areas of Study will include:

Religious studies is a modular course and the first examination is taken at the end of year 10.  The first unit studied is Religion and Life which covers such topics as Marriage and Family, Social Harmony, Issues of Life and Death, Religion and the Media and Religion Wealth and Poverty.

The second unit covered will either be Mark’s Gospel which looks at the life and times of Jesus.


Personal Attributes Required:

Who might enjoy this course?

Any one who has questions to ask and opinions to give will enjoy RS.  This course will be of interest to people who are interested in others and in human beliefs and behaviours.  The course will allow you to express your own beliefs whilst taking into account the beliefs of others.

How does it follow on from what I have learnt before?

It builds on what you have learnt about religion up to Key Stage 3.  It will enable you to think about problems you may face in your life and help you work out how to deal with them.



What about exams?

There are two, two hour examinations.  One examination is taken at the end of year 10 and the second is taken at the end of year 11.

What about my results?

You will get the results of your year 10 examination at the end of year 10; however this result will then be ‘cashed in’ at the end of year 11 when you receive your final result.

What other skills might I develop?

Religious Studies will help develop your key skills in communication, information technology, working with others, problem solving and improving your own learning.  It will also give you skills in making decisions about moral problems, and help you to become sure about your own beliefs and explain them clearly to others.  It is not about making you religious, it is about enabling you to think for yourself about religious and moral issues.


Future Career Plans:

What could I do next with GCSE Religious Studies?

A GCSE in Religious Studies is a stepping stone to a wide range of future opportunities.  The skills you develop will support you in further studies and employment.  A good grade at GCSE will help you progress to an AS or A level in Religious Studies.

Furthermore as you enter the world of work, you will be expected to work alongside people with different beliefs than your own.   Religious Studies will teach the skills and understanding needed to work with people of all faiths and cultures.    These skills are vitally important in all careers especially professions such as the police, retail, teaching, the law, the caring professions and the armed forces, in fact any profession that brings you into contact with other people.


Homework Expectations:

There is an expectation that students will complete a range of written and research tasks throughout the course.

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