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Prince William School

KS4 Curriculum

GCSE Religious Studies follows the AQA ‘specification A’ course.  It is designed to help students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring philosophical and ethical questions. Students will be challenged to explore the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life as well as studying key religious texts. Students will also be encouraged to express personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments. At GCSE level schools are required to study two religions and our students study Christianity and Buddhism.

Unit 1 is a study of the beliefs, teachings and practices of Christianity and Buddhism. This is examined by a 1 hour and 45 minutes written paper. 50% of total GCSE. Unit 2 is a thematic study of four religious, philosophical and ethical themes. This is examined by a 1 hour and 45 minutes written paper. 50% of total GCSE. All examinations are carried out at the end of Year 11.

At GCSE students have access to Kerboodle which can be located on the following website:

GCSE students may also find the following sites helpful:









Year 10

Arguments for and against the existence of God


Christian beliefs and teachings – God and Jesus

Christian beliefs and teachings – role of Jesus

Life of Buddha and 4 Noble Truths. Buddhism beliefs and teachings Buddhism beliefs and teachings

Year 11

Religion and Life

Christianity and Buddhism

Religion, crime and punishment Christianity and Buddhism Religion, peace and conflict    Christianity and Buddhism Christian and Buddhist practices Revision Revision and GCSE examination