Religious Studies

Aims of the subject:

To provide the opportunity to explore knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious beliefs, including atheism and divergent attitudes within Christianity and Islam.

GCSE Examination Board:  Edexcel Pearson 

Assessment Overview:  Two examinations:  Religion and Ethics (Christianity) and Peace and Conflict (Islam).

Year What will I learn? Assessment
10 Term 1

Living the Christian Life

I will study the nature, history and purpose of pilgrimage; divergent Christian teachings about whether pilgrimage is important for Christians today, with specific reference to Catholic and Protestant understandings.

Term 2

Marriage and Family (Christianity)

I will consider changing attitudes to marriage and the nature of families including Christian responses to sexual relationships, family in the local parish, family planning, divorce and issues of equality.

Term 3

Crime and Punishment (Islam)

I will evaluate the four aims of punishment within the UK and make links to issues surrounding justice, punishment, forgiveness and capital punishment.


Create a leaflet for a Christian Pilgrimage Tour company.

Write a report on the relevance of marriage today.

Role play Judge and Jury in the classroom.




Term 1

Muslim Beliefs

I will reflect on the six Beliefs of Islam and consider the characteristics of Allah and explain why they are important for Muslims.  I will link this to formulate arguments for and against ideas of predestination and whether everything in the universe is following a divine plan.

Term 2

Living the Muslim Life

I will recall the Ten Obligatory Acts in Shi’a Islam, the Five Pillars of Islam, the meaning of Jihad and celebrations and commemorations within Islam.

Term 3

Christian Beliefs

I will reflect upon the last days of Jesus’ life: The Last Supper, betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus; the accounts of these within the Bible, including Luke 22–24 and the significance of these events to understanding the person of Jesus Christ.




Make links between the Prophets in the Qur’an and the Bible.

Play musical statues to demonstrate understanding of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Debate whether Easter or Christmas is more important to Christians today.


Extra-curricular opportunities

Students can `drop-in’ between 3.00 – 3.30 on Monday and Thursday each week.  During this time students can complete home- work tasks, read/access any of the resources available including revision booklets, discuss topics, complete revision activities, talk through revision strategies or watch media clips that may have been missed due to absence.

How you can support your child’s progress

All home work is set on Frog and it most helpful if you would look at the home work tasks being completed.  This will offer you the opportunity to gain an insight into the topics being studied and the quality of the written responses produced by your child.

All students are in receipt of revision booklets and we ask that parents encourage students to use them to support home- work tasks.

Occasionally, home work tasks involve students interviewing an adult at home on topics including the death penalty, belief in God, peace and conflict and life after death.  Your support with this is much appreciated.