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The Religious Studies curriculum is based on learning through and from other cultures. Scholars are encouraged to discover a range of attitudes and responses to modern, controversial and ongoing issues of debate in the wider world and within a range of cultures and religions.

Scholars are challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Scholars will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture.

Scholars explore other cultures and beliefs with a focus on Christianity and Islam as two main religions and drawing comparisons with other world religions. They explore different perspectives and debate topics such as  – Relationships and families, religion and life, crime and punishment, peace and conflict. 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Religious Studies (Exam Board: AQA)

The GCSE covers the following;

  • develop knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism
  • develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority, including through reading of key religious texts, other texts and scriptures of the religions – Christianity and Islam
  • develop ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating depth and breadth of understanding of the subject
  • reflect on and develop own values, belief, meaning, purpose, truth and influence on human life
  • reflect on and develop values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of learning and contribute to preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.

Year 10

In Year 10 scholars will learn through and from other cultures and beliefs about; crime and punishment, peace and conflict and beliefs, teachings and practices in Christianity and Islam.

Scholars will investigate questions:

  • Do you agree that people who break the law should be severely punished?
  • ‘The best way to bring about world peace is for more individuals to become pacifists.’ Do you agree?
  • What are the best ways to understand religious beliefs about God?
  • Why is it important to celebrate religious festivals?

Year 11

In Year 11 scholars will learn through and from other cultures and beliefs about; religion and life, relationships and families, beliefs, teachings and practices in Christianity and Islam.

Scholars will investigate questions

  • Does what happens in the next life depend on how life is lived?
  • ‘There is only one way a family can be structured to provide the best life for a child.’ Do you agree?
  • Why are holy books significant? 

GCSE Religious Studies A is examined by two papers of an equal weighting of 50% each and of the same length in time: 1hour 45 minutes.

Paper one focuses on in depth understanding of two specified religions.  At DCA we study Christianity and Islam.

Paper two focuses on answering questions from four themes.  At DCA we study:

Theme A – Religion and life

Theme B – Relationships and families

Theme D – Religion, peace and conflict

Theme E – Religion, crime and punishment

The exams will measure how scholars have achieved the following assessment objectives:


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and beliefs including:

beliefs, practices and sources of authority

influence on individuals, communities and societies

similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs.


Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence.

Useful Links

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