Religious Studies GCSE

The course

Is there a God? How can we tell? Do scientific ideas about evolution and the environment conflict with religious ideas? You do not need to have a particular faith to explore answers to these questions in GCSE Religious Studies. Equally you do not have to be a non-believer. The course also covers the ethical issues of sanctity of life, medical ethics, euthanasia and the rich/poor divide. In addition, there are opportunities to discuss the use or art, architecture and music in worship. Religious Studies will suit students who like to speculate about the meaning of life.

Students receive 3 hours of tuition per week. There is plenty of scope for discussion in class, structured research and the use of a variety of materials from news, music, TV and film.

How is the course assessed?

The content of the course is divided into four units of study.

Unit B601 · Philosophy  1

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

  • Belief about deity
  • Religious and spiritual experience
  • The end of life 

Unit B602 · Philosophy  2

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

  • Good and Evil
  • Religion, reason and revelation
  • Religion and Science

Unit B603 · Ethics 1

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

  • Religion and human relationships
  • Religion and medical ethics
  • Religion, poverty and wealth

Unit B604 · Ethics 2

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

  • Religion, peace and justice
  • Religion and equality
  • Religion and the media

Each paper contains six questions on each of the three topics and each question contains five parts. Candidates are required to answer two questions from any two topic areas.


OCR Religious Studies B Christian Philosophy &Applied Ethics Student Book
By Dyson and Mayled
Published by Heinemann, ISBN 9780435501587

Exam Board and Specification Codes

OCR Religious Studies B (Philosophy and Applied Ethics) J621 (legacy)