GCSE – Religious Studies


The RE Department offers two pathways at GCSE level:

1. AQA GCSE Religious Studies Route B

This two year ‘AQA Religious Studies B’ course consists of two components:

  • Component 1: Catholic Christianity
  • Component 2: Perspectives on Faith (Textual study & Judaism)

Course Content 

Year 11 – St Mark’s Gospel and Judaism     50%

Year 12 – Catholic Christianity                     50%

Method of Assessment 

In your course you will have studied two components. Each component is examined in one written exam 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.

Linear exam at the end of Year 12.

No Coursework or Controlled Assessment.


2. OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Religious Studies

This qualification provides students who may struggle with the demands of written examinations the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 Certificate in Religious Studies which is equivalent to a grade B at GCSE Level. Students study nine units and complete a portfolio of work for each unit. This work is assessed on a pass/fail basis. There is no external written examination. 100% of the qualification is gained through the completion of the portfolio work and all nine pieces must be submitted and meet the required standard to achieve a pass.

Nine units are covered over two years. These are

  • Exploring Personal Identity and Faith
  • Addiction
  • Charity and Religious Charities
  • Exploring Religious Traditions within Own Community
  • Life and Death Issues
  • Life of a Famous Person of Faith
  • Marriage and Divorce
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • World Faith

Career Opportunities

Accountancy                                       Business Administration

Dentistry                                             Environmental Studies

Ethics                                                  Journalism

Law                                                     Media Studies

Medicine                                             Nursing

Pharmacy                                            Philosophy

Psychology                                          Teaching


Or any Arts course.