OCR Religious Studies

GCSE Religious Studies From 2016

GCSE Religious Studies is part of the preferences package that students select during Year 9. At Barlby High School we study the OCR GCSE Religious Studies course (course code: J625 option AA).

The course encourages learners to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in debate and discussion about life in modern society. Learners are also encouraged to develop and understand personal values and beliefs, with an emphasis on critical analysis and the ability to construct balanced and informed arguments within the context of religious, philosophical and ethical awareness.

Content Overview Assessment overview
Beliefs, Teachings and Practices: Christianity


·         Nature of God

·         Suffering and Evil

·         Creation

·         Life after death

·         The role of the church in the local community

·         The role of the church in the wider world

1 Hour exam paper (25% of final GCSE grade.)
Beliefs, Teachings and Practices: Islam


·         Nature of Allah

·         Suffering and Evil

·         Creation

·         Life after death

·         5 Pillars of Islam

1 Hour exam paper (25% of final GCSE grade.)
Religion, Philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a Christian perspective:


·         Relationships and families (nature and purpose of families, marriage, divorce, roles of men and women and gender inequality.)

·         Existence of God (arguments for and against the existence of God, the purpose of life and ethical living.)

·         Religion, Peace and conflict (the role of religion within war, terrorism, peace, justice and forgiveness.)

·         Dialogue within and between religious and non-religious beliefs (freedom of belief, equality of society and the value of human life)

2 Hour exam paper (50% of final GCSE grade)




Progression Pathway:

Studying Religious Studies including Philosophy and Ethics offers a wide range of future pathways for learners including national and local government, schools, colleges and universities, charity and voluntary organisations, social services and other caring professions, the church and other religious organisations, financial and legal organisations, the health service, PR and advertising, the media and journalism.


Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) – (Last examination 2017)

KS3 Philosophy & Ethics here at Barlby High School is a lively and interesting subject in which students are encouraged to learn about others, express opinions and think carefully about important questions.

Philosophy and Ethics offers our students:

  • Opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Encourages students to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning and purpose.
  • Challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
  • Encourages students to develop their sense of identity and belonging.
  • Prepare students to face the challenges and responsibilities of adult life, employment and lifelong learning.
  • Help to combat prejudice, racism and discrimination.
  • Promote a reflective, discerning, caring approach to life.
  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7Religion Introduction to RS & P&E  Key figures  

Religion and Science

 Good and Evil


Year 8Religion & Themes  Rites of Passage: Community and Baptism (The Island)  Rites of Passage: Relationships (The Island)  Rites of passage: Death and the Afterlife, conflict and collaboration: Multi-faith

 (The Island)


Year 9P&E



Peace and Justice

 Wealth and Poverty  GCSE
  1. Agreed Syllabus Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Sikhism Authority  b. Beliefs and concepts  c. Ethics and Relationships  d. Expressing
  2. P4C Spirituality  Religion and Science   f. Rights and Responsibilities
  3. Personal, Local, National and Global         Global issues  h. Inter-faith dialogue
  4. Assessment – A-E questions
  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7Religion  BaselineIntroduction to RS & P&E


 Does it make sense to believe in God? (1. b,d,e. 2. 4)

Characteristics of God

Arguments for belief in God (Teleological, Cosmological, Religious Experience)

Heroes and Villains

Jesus, Muhammed (pbuh), Devil, 10 Gurus, Buddha



Religion and Science (1 a,b,e,g. 2 3 4)Creation (Christian, Buddhist, Islam, Sikh, Atheist)

The Environment (Why should religions care? How do religions care? What is our pupose?)


2014 Bsseline for Yr7 –Yr 8What is good and right? What is wrong and Evil? (1b,c,e 2 4)


Problem of evil


coping with suffering



Year 8Religion & Themes Community Baptism

Growing up: Ceremonies of commitment

Relationships (1a,b,c,d,f,g 2 3 4)Gender roles





Death and the Afterlife (1b,d 2 4)The Soul


Beliefs on the Afterlife

What happens at a funeral

What will make our communities more respectful? (1b,f,h 2 3 4)

Religion in the Media

Conflict and collaboration

Being British and Being Sikh

Year 9P&E



Ethics (1a,b,c,d,f,g 2 3 4)Ethical Theory

Natural Law

Kantian Ethics


Situation Ethics

Medical Ethics



The use of animals

Peace and Justice (b,c,d,f,g,h 2 3 4)Shoah

Violence and Pacifism

Crime and Punishment

Wealth and Poverty (1 a,b,c,f,g 2 3 4)What do we mean by “wealth” and “poverty”?

Should religions help the poor?



KS4 GCSE Philosophy & Ethics

Title of course: OCR GCSE Religious Studies (Philosophy and Applied Ethics)

Who is it aimed at?

This course is aimed at those students who want to learn about and explore moral, philosophical and spiritual issues.

Brief description of the course content

Students cover a wide range of topics including:


  • Deity – What do Christians believe about God? Does God exist? Do miracles really happen?
  • The End of Life – What is the soul? What happens to us when we die?
  • Good and Evil – Is the Devil real? Why is there suffering and evil in the world? How do we know what is right and wrong?
  • Religion and Science – How did the world begin? How were humans created? Are humans more important than animals? Should we care for the environment?


  • Human Relationships – Are men and women equal? Is divorce right? Should contraception be used?
  • Medical Ethics – Are abortion, using fertility treatment, euthanasia, suicide and testing on animal’s right?
  • Peace and Justice – Is war right? Should criminals be punished?
  • Equality? – Should we judge people on the colour of their skin or their religion?

Assessment criteria

  • The course is assessed through four one hour exams.

Progression pathways

This course will offer students a chance to progress onto courses related to careers as a counsellor, equality and diversity officer, funeral director, prison officer, social care worker, youth and community worker and lawyer.