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Key Stage 4 Religious Education

KS4 Programme of Study (GCSE)
GCSE Examination Details
There is no coursework element to this GCSE.
Both examinations are taking at the end of year 11.


 Edexcel Christianity and Islam
The first unit pupils will study is ‘Christianity and Islam’ (unit 8).  This unit offers pupils an opportunity to compare two main world religions and consider their place in the world too.
Pupils will learn the following topics
8.1 Rights and Responsibilities
8.2 Environment and Medical Issues
8.3 Peace and Conflict
8.4 Crime and Punishment


The second unit pupils will study is ‘Life based on a study of Roman Catholic Christianity’ (unit 3).  This unit offers pupils an opportunity to learn about real social issues that affect society and the Church and they learn how to express their own opinions.


3.1 Believing in God
3.2 Matters of Life and Death
3.3 Marriage and Family Life
3.4 Religion and Community Cohesion



Gifted and Talented Programme of Study


Gifted and Talented Additional College Taster Course. 
Using the AQA Specification A Unit 12 Buddhism Gifted and Talented pupils are given a taster of college life at Greenhead and other colleges.


Pupils will study the early life of Siddhartha Gotama and his life experiences as the Buddha.  Pupils will look closely at the Buddha’s Dharma (teachings).  For gifted and talented pupils this is a fantastic opportunity for them to compare two main world religions with very different beliefs about the afterlife.  The knowledge they gain and the skills they develop prepare them for college.


1. The Life of the Buddha
2. The Dhamma (Dharma)
3. The Sangha
4. Worship and Festivals
6. Global Issues



Why Qualify in GCSE RE?



Colleges, Universities and Employers know the value of Religious Education.  They are aware of the curriculum and opportunities RE offers young people and how this has prepared them for adult life.
Teachers, lecturers and employers know that –

  • You know about living, studying and working in a diverse society and the importance of being  able to get on with those whose viewpoints and values differ from your own 
  • You know how to deal with issues arising not just in school or college, but in your neighbourhood and workplace
  • You can make moral judgements
  • You know how to promote community cohesion and tackle racism and discrimination 
  • You are able to talk about global achievements and global injustices
  • You have awareness of how RE is also linked so strongly into many other fields – music, art, history, politics, social and cultural issues, global economics – which may contribute to your further study or work positively
  • You have an understanding of how religious belief affects all of our lives directly or indirectly


All College Departments look favourably on Religious Education because through your academic study you have learned skills to explain, argue and evaluate.  You have developed skills to listen, respond sensitively and share your own views coherently.Additionally many employers e.g. Banks, the Police Force, nursing, law, teaching and commercial employers see Religious Education as  contributioning to living a full and enriched life.  Influencing positive relationships and encouraging a positive work ethic.



It is possible to continue the study of Religious Studies at A or AS level. At these levels it is a good accompaniment to many different subjects in the arts, such as English and History, and also some of the Sciences. It can also be studied in higher education. These qualifications can lead to careers in teaching, journalism, social work, law and local government.