What is Religious Studies

The Religious Studies syllabus encourages students to build up a critical awareness of two of the major world religions. This allows students to understand the key scared texts and beliefs, religious rites and practices and the impact on ethical issues. Students also look at how religion has an impact on relationships and daily life as well as religion and war and terrorism and attempts to explain or prove the existence of God.

What will I study?

As well as building knowledge of two major religions, students will gain an insight into how these two religions approach everyday issues. They will also have an opportunity to see how religions treat gender, marriage and family life and how religions treat the world and its peoples. This allows students to see the ethical and religious perspective on world problems. The nature of God and God’s role is explored and philosophical arguments regarding this are assessed. Students also look at religious teachings and attitude to war, peace, terrorism and conflict.

What will I gain from studying the subject?

You will gain a very good understanding of a range of religious beliefs and how these influence people’s perception of the world. The course emphasises differences and similarities in the major world religions and gives an insight into cultural diversity and how this can be tackled.

How was it assessed?

Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices 50% External Exam: 1 hour and 45 mins
2 Thematic Studies 50% External Exam: 1 hour 45 mins

Exam Board: AQA


What do I need?

You need an interest in Religious Studies and some basic ideas about the nature and importance of belief. The subject asks you to think philosophically at times and to make some very precise comments and distinctions so an ability to write accurately helps.


Is Religious Studies harder than other subjects?

No. However there are a range of topics covered so the content is quite large.