GCSE Religion Studies follows the Edexcel specification.
The course is modular and the therefore the first examination is taken at the end of Year 10, the second at the end of year 11.
There is no coursework element to this course.
Religion and Life based on a study of Christianity and at least one other religion
Believing in God - What are the arguments for and against the existence of God? The nature of religious experience. Atheism and Agnosticism. How evil and suffering may lead people to question or reject religious belief in God.
Matters of life and death -What do people believe about life after death? Consideration of near-death experience and the paranormal. Abortion, Euthanasia.
Marriage and the family - Sex. Marriage. Divorce. Re-marriage. The family.
Social harmony - Prejudice and discrimination. Sexism. Racism. Living in a multi-faith and multi-ethnic society.
Wealth and poverty - Wealth. Stewardship. Charity. The relationship between rich and poor.
Religion and society based on a study of Christianity and at least one other religion.
Religion and social responsibility - Government. The Welfare State.
Religion and the environment - Pollution. Conservation. Animal rights.
Peace and conflict - Conflict in the world today.Nuclear weapons.
Crime and punishment - The need for law and justice. Reasons for punishment. Capital punishment.
Religions and medical issues - Infertility treatments. Genetic engineering. Transplant surgery.