GCSE Religious Education

Subject:Religious Education
Qualification Type:GCSE Full Course
Exam Board:Edexcel
Subject Leader:Vanessa Gregory

Course Description

Students are required to base their studies on Christianity and at least one other religion. The course is divided into eight topics:

Unit A: Religion and Life - Believing in God

Pupils examine arguments for and against the existence of God and explore how religions answer questions about creation and evil/suffering. 

Matters of Life and Death

Pupils explore different ethical perspectives to contemporary moral issues including abortion and euthanasia and examine religious beliefs about life after death. 

Marriage and the Family

Pupils gain insight into religious attitudes to family life and relationships. They learn about religious responses to sex outside marriage, divorce, family, contraception and homosexuality.

Community Cohesion

Pupils examine the way attitudes to men and women have changed. They look with examples at prejudice and discrimination.

Unit H: Religion and Society - Rights and Responsibilities

Pupils examine how Christians make moral decisions, human rights in the UK and why they are important to Christians and examine why it is important to take part in democratic electoral processes.

Environmental and Medical Issues

Pupils explore the effects of environmental issues and understand the effects of infertility treatments and transplant surgery.

Peace and Conflict

Pupils gain insight into the United Nations, understand the effects of bullying and examine how conflicts can be resolved.

Crime and Punishment

Pupils explore why laws are needed, punishments for breaking laws including capital punishment and the law and effects on drugs and alcohol.

Assessment Format

Students sit two 1 ½ hour exam at the end of Year 11. Pupils are required to answer eight questions, one on each of the topics listed above. If successful, students will be awarded a Full Course qualification in Religious Education.

Possible Progression (including careers and further education)

A qualification in Religious Education is helpful for any career involving working with others. Whether you go on to study at university or college, or out into the world of work, you will meet people from all walks of life with different religious and moral opinions. GCSE Religious Studies will help you to understand and appreciate them. Some such careers include:

  • Administrator
  • Advice Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Housing Advisor
  • Journalist
  • Minister of Religion
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Youth Worker