GCSE Religious Studies (Short Course)

All Year 9 students will study the AQA Religious Studies Short Course*  GCSE.  Students will complete the course in Year 10, sitting the examination at the end of that year.

Religious Studies is a challenging course with a strong emphasis on thinking skills.  Many of the issues raised are age-old questions from the fields of philosophy or ethics that require students to engage with sophisticated concepts.  Plenty of opportunity is provided for discussion and debate and students are encouraged to develop the ability to justify or critique an argument.

The course involves a focussed study of the theology of Christianity and Islam, and two applied ethical topics.  Assessment is by a single exam at the end of Year 10.

Course Content:

Year 9:

  1. Christian Theology

Including questions such as:

  • Can God do the logically impossible?
  • Does the existence of evil disprove an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God?
  • Who was Jesus?
  1. Ethical Topic: Relationships and Families


  • Sex, Marriage and divorce
  • Homosexuality
  • Roles of men and women

Year 10:

  1. Islamic Theology


  • The nature of Allah
  • The nature of revelation
  • Eschatological beliefs
  1. Ethical Topic: Religion, peace and conflict


  • Just War Theory
  • Pacifism and peace-making
  • Religion as a cause of conflict in the contemporary world

Full details of the GCSE Religious Studies course can be found at:


‘Short Course’ refers to a reduced quantity of material; the difficulty level is not reduced.  This allows a GCSE-level qualification to be achieved within the constraints of a tightly-packed timetable.