Religious Studies - Options 2024

Course Specification: Eduqas: Religious Studies

Course contact:                      Sara Davis                               

Course Description: 

The GCSE course in Religious Studies is designed to develop critical thinking and deeper understanding of different religious, philosophical and ethical issues that affect the world today. The course analyses different perspectives on a range of issues and evaluates the clarity of these arguments whilst understanding the impact these ideas and beliefs will have on the life of the individual.

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion." - Dalai Lama 


What will I learn?

Students will be given the opportunity to explore different Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. At KS3, learning is sequenced to ensure that each year students develop knowledge and enhance their skills in a linear fashion but cover ethics through key questions/modules, interweaving with alternate subjects such as Citizenship and PSHE. 

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World Written examination: 2 hours (50% of qualification)

Component 2: Study of Christianity Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings, and practices of Christianity

1 hour (25% qualification)

Component 3: Candidates will study the beliefs, teachings and practices of one world faith, option 3: Islam Option

1 hour (25% qualification)

Candidates will study the following four themes. All questions are compulsory.


  • Theme 1: Issues of Relationships
  • Theme 2: Issues of Life and Death
  • Theme 3: Issues of Good and Evil
  • Theme 4: Issues of Human Right.


 This component will be assessed by compulsory questions focusing on knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the identified themes.

Candidates will study the following themes and key beliefs:


  • The Nature of God
  • Creation
  • Salvation
  • Jesus Christ
  • The Afterlife
  • Forms of Worship
  • Pilgrimage and Celebration
  • Christianity in Britain and the Church in the local community
  • The worldwide Church

Candidates will study the following themes and key beliefs:


  • The nature of Allah
  • Prophet hood (Risalah)
  • Angels (Malaikah)
  • Akhirah (Afterlife)
  • Foundations of faith
  • The Five Pillars of Sunni Islam: practices in Britain and elsewhere
  • Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi’a Islam: practices in Britain and elsewhere
  • Jihad
  • Festivals and commemorations: practices in Britain and elsewhere


Future Opportunities and Careers 

Success in this qualification can give you the opportunity to study A Levels including RS as well as a range of different college courses. The skills gained through studying Religious Studies can be transferred to a vast range of different careers. In the past, this qualification has led on to careers in social work, law, education, medicine and journalism to name just a few. The skills and knowledge gained from this course are highly valued by both employers and higher education providers. 

Students will also take part in a variety of experiences, visits and national competitions, including visits to different places of worship, celebrating different experiences and events which occur throughout the year.