GCSE RS - Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

AQA                                                                                                                                                                                                       OPTION SUBJECT


Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for further study. Philosophy involves critical thinking and reasoning. Ethics considers morality, deciding what actions are good or right and what are bad or wrong.

The course is accessible to students of all faiths and none. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.

Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills.




The Study of Christianity and Islam:
Beliefs, teachings and practices

Christianity: Jesus Christ and salvation, Worship, Festivals and The Church.

Islam: Key Beliefs, Authority, Worship, Duties and Festivals.

Four Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Themes

Relationships and Families:
Sex, marriage and divorce; Families and gender equality.

Religion and Life: The origins and value of the universe, including animal experimentation, and of human life, including abortion and euthanasia.

Existence of God and Revelation: Arguments for and against the existence of God; the nature of the divine and revelation.

Religion, Peace and Conflict: Religion, violence, terrorism, war and weapons of mass destruction.


At the end of Year 11, there are two written exams (1 hour 45 minutes each) – one exam on each Unit. Each exam will have four five-part questions of 1, 2, 4, 5 and 12 marks: two questions on each religion
(Unit 1 exam) and one question on each theme (Unit 2 exam). This course has no coursework or controlled assessment. Preparation: Years 8 and 9 Theology and Philosophy include study of Christianity and Islam. Year 9 also considers some of the GCSE themes.


This subject lays a good foundation for further study of Religious Studies at A level and complements other related A level subjects including History, Politics, and English Literature. It helps develop skills of logical reasoning and analytical writing.