Key Stage 4

Core RE it taught to all students in Years 10 and 11. Students study religious attitudes to controversial topics such as abortion and euthanasia and discuss and explore different views on different medical and social issues such as whether organ donation/transplantation should be compulsory. In addition to taught time students also participate in view point days which broaden and encourage young people to understand other living faiths and practices, and to appreciate the importance of these in the lives of the believers. The day consists of a range of religious, ethical and global issues from the perspective of a number of world religions, and also from a Humanist and non-religious perspective.

GCSE Religious Studies

If students opt to study for AQA GCSE Religious Education A, they are taught an in depth study of Christianity and Islam, which focuses on two units of work:


What is assessed?

How it is assessed?

What type of question?

1: The study of religious beliefs, teachings and practices

Beliefs, teachings and practices from Christianity and Islam.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
96 marks (plus 5 for SPaG).
50% of GCSE.

Each religion has a common structure of two five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
Each religion is marked out of 48.

2: Thematic studies

Four religious, philosophical and ethical studies:

·  Theme A – Relationships and families

·  Theme B – Religion and life

·  Theme E – Religion, crime and punishment

·  Theme F – Religion, human rights and social justice

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
96 marks (plus 5 for SPaG)
50% of GCSE.

Each theme has a common structure of one five-part question of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks.
Each theme is marked out of 24.


Revision support:

A useful book for students studying the AQA A Spec Religious Education can be purchased here