Religious Studies

GCSE Religious Studies

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The Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies course offers learners a unique platform upon which to combine the theoretical concepts and beliefs in Christianity and Islam and apply these ‘truth claims’ to real life issues and problems. Students develop analytical skills through a range of real life issues aswell as the promotion of high order thinking skills. A philosophical approach in order to boost a critical evaluation of different religious perspectives and their practical application in today’s society. The course is differentiated and contemporary and boosts motivation and caters for every Stretford High student.


Linear assessment takes places the end of Year 11 and comprises of two written papers; Religion and Life (80 marks -50%) and Religion and Society (80 marks – 50%).

Subject Content

In Year 9 & 10 students explore why people believe in God and how religious experience can lead to a belief in God, the existence of evil and suffering in the world, what makes a community cohesive and how do religious organisations and the government promote racial harmony, Christian and Islamic perspectives regarding life after death, the controversial issues of abortion and euthanasia and the changing nature of the family as an institution.

In Year 11 students examine the reasons why wars occur and how peace can be achieved on a global scale, the reasons for conflict within families, Capital punishment, the role of tobacco, drugs and alcohol and the effects on society, the use of IVF and embryology to create life, stewardship and the environment, the role of the government in protecting Human rights and the emergence of situation ethics in Christianity.


Qualification Routes

Religious Studies graduates move into a variety of careers: law, travel, advertising, human resources, diplomacy, publishing, journalism, the media and teaching. Many go on to do postgraduate study or professional training, sometimes after a period of employment. Potential jobs include teachers, counsellors, advice workers, Civil servants, Lawyers and many other employment routes.


Reading List

  • Revise Edexcel: Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies Unit 1 Religion and Life and Unit 8 Religion and Society Christianity and Islam by Tanya Hill. 
  • Religion and Life Revision Guide (3rd Revised edition) by: Victor W. Watton.
  • GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel – Religion and Life and Religion and Society by: Diane Kolka.
  • GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel Religion and Society Revision Guide by: CGP Books (Author), CGP Books (Editor).




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