Religious Studies


The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility and forgiveness – Dalai Lama


Mr D Rose  BA (Hons)

Mrs R Soper  BA (Hons)


Religions have always asked fundamental questions, such as: What is the true meaning of life? What happens to us after death? How do we explain human suffering and injustices? Students learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others’ rights and responsibilities. Philosophy & Ethics provides an excellent opportunity for young people to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness.


Students will develop philosophical thought, decision making skills, collaboration and independent working skills and the search for compromise and conflict resolutions that work. Over time, students will develop important key skills such as empathy, respect, tolerance, application, reflection, investigation and interpretation. So, whether you want to become a teacher, lawyer, police officer, social worker or even work in the armed forces, Philosophy & Ethics provides you with the skills to successfully work alongside others in a multi-faith society.


There are three main areas of study within GCSE Philosophy & Ethics:

  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Christianity (Beliefs, Teachings and Practices)
  • Judaism (Beliefs, Teachings and Practices)


All assessments are exam based, with no coursework or controlled assessments to complete:

  • Philosophy and Ethics: (1 x 2hour exam = 50%)
  • Christianity – Beliefs, Teachings and Practices (1 x 1hour exam = 25%)
  • Judaism – Beliefs, Teachings and Practices (1 x 1hour exam = 25%)

Examining Board:OCR

Course Outcome:GCSE (J625)