GCSE Religious Studies

Why should I choose Religious Studies at Fulwood Academy?


Religious Studies gives you a chance to consider the realities of the world around you and develop your own opinion on important issues by exploring the variety of views held around the world.


R.S. is an academic, rigorous and valuable qualification for entry to post 16 education. All universities accept and welcome pupils with R.S. onto a variety of courses.


Employers look for an enquiring mind and

R.S. helps us to appreciate and respect different viewpoints whilst developing an ability to evaluate, analyse and justify different points of view.

This subject will suit you if:

  • You have an interest in how different people believe they should live their lives and the decisions they make based on their faith;
  • You have an inquisitive mind and are able to discuss on paper as well as orally;
  • You have a desire to see the world in a deeper and more philosophical way;
  • You want to learn about different ethical issues such as whether the death penalty should be used to punish criminals, or whether it is ever acceptable to start a war.

What will the course involve?

In Religious Studies you will learn about beliefs and practices from two different religions and study ethical issues which are relevant to the world around you. Some of the topics you will cover lead on from your KS3 Social Science lessons and the skills you have learned at this level will help you with the work required for the Religious Studies GCSE.


How will I be assessed?

You will have to complete two exams at the end of Year 11.

Component 1:

The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices – 1 hour 45 minutes

In Component 1 you still study 2 different religions in depth and learn how to explain the beliefs and practices from each religion. You will be assessed on your ability to explain a person’s actions based on their beliefs and how well you can explain the meaning of religious teachings.

Component 2:

Thematic Studies - 1 hour 45 minutes

 In Component 2 you will study at least 4 different topics investigating ethical issues and philosophical questions. These include learning about;

  • - Peace and Conflict
  • - Crime and Punishment
  • - Human Rights and Social Justice
  • - Relationships and Families

These topics are considered from religious and non-religious points of view and allow you to form justified opinions about controversial issues in the world today.


In your examinations you will need to demonstrate the following written skills; building a sustained persuasive argument, explaining and analysing religious attitudes in great detail and debating conflicting ideas. You will also be assessed on your spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Therefore, to succeed in R.S. you need to have good English skills, enjoy writing and debating.


You would be expected to watch certain TV programs and films as well as reading articles in newspapers. Research is an integral part of the course, so having a good solid understanding is key.