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Religious Studies GCSE at Hampstead School

Course description

GCSE Religious Studies is split into three examined papers as detailed below. Students study Christianity and Islam from the perspective that there may be more than one view of a particular belief, practice or issue which might be more personal. Common and divergent views within Christianity and Islam in the way beliefs and teachings are understood and expressed are also learnt through a variety of methods. In Paper 3 in depth studies of various aspects of Islam include for example the nature of prayer, and examples of them in the Qur’an, the range of reasons and experiences that might lead people to believe in the existence of Allah. The problem of unanswered prayers and the reasons that might lead people to discuss the existence of Allah.

Entry requirements

To have an interest in religious debates and the role of religion in society. To be interested in debating and discussing contemporary issues.


Paper 1 Religion and Ethics (50% of the qualification)

  • Topic 1: Beliefs
  • Topic 2: Marriage and the Family
  • Topic 3: Living the Religious Life
  • Topic 4: Matters of Life and Death

Paper 2 Religion, Peace and Conflict (50% of the qualification)

  • Topic 1: Beliefs
  • Topic 2: Crime and Punishment
  • Topic 3: Living the Religious Life
  • Topic 4: Peace and Conflict

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a lively and stimulating GCSE subject which provides a great opportunity for students to engage with current issues. The study of it helps students to listen carefully, speak thoughtfully, and write persuasively. It encourages deep thinking, decision making skills, and enables you to discuss and analyse many contemporary issues. Many careers and options for further study value Religious Studies and the skills that it helps to develop. Many careers would value a good understanding of religious and cultural issues in order to understand and empathise with people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hampstead School directly.

Last updated date: 17 January 2017
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