Key Stage 4

Religious Education

 Examination Board: AQA

Religious Studies Specification B: Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Society 40556


The full course GCSE is made up of two modules

Unit 2: Religion and Life Issues

Unit 3: Religion and Morality

These two modules are studied over 3 years in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Course Description

GCSE Religious Studies is a core subject in the school curriculum and all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 study this for an hour a week.

The aim of the course is to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Christianity by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning.  Students will also express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose and truth.

Students will study the following areas:

Years 9 and 10 study Unit 2 (40552):

Topic 1 Religion and Animal Rights

Topic 2 Religion and Planet Earth

Topic 3 Religion and Prejudice

Topic 4 Religion and Early Life

Topic 5 Religion War and Peace

Topic 6 Religion and Young People


Year 11 study Unit 3 (40553):

Topic 1 Religious Attitudes to Matters of Life (Medical Ethics)

Topic 2 Religious Attitudes to the Elderly and Death

Topic 3 Religious Attitudes to Drug Abuse

Topic 4 Religious Attitudes to Crime and Punishment

Topic 5 Religious Attitudes to Rich and Poor in British Society

Topic 6 Religious Attitudes to World Poverty

Both modules are examined at the end of Year 11 and a Full Course GCSE awarded.


Teaching and Learning Styles:

Students will be asked to consider religious and moral issues.  This is achieved through a variety of stimulus material in the class.  RE draws on many current issues being debated in society at large, such as binge drinking, euthanasia, living wills, fox hunting etc.


Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Recall, select and organise knowledge.
  • Describe, analyse and explain the relevance and application of Christianity.
  • Evaluate different responses to religious and moral issues.

There is no coursework requirement.


In Year 9 RE is taught in tutor groups and in Years 10 and 11 students are divided into groups (banded or mixed ability groups depending on the nature of the cohort).

Further information may be obtained from Miss W Oluoch, Head of RE.