June 2022 RS subject update | Pearson qualifications

June 2022 RS subject update

29 June 2022

Welcome to your Pearson Edexcel Religious Studies June 2022 subject update.

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In this update,

  • Thank you
  • New Autumn term RS CPD events
  • A level Promotional material
  • Transition material (GCSE to A level)
  • Book an appointment with your RS subject advisor
  • Support, CPD and resources available
  • RS Topic of the Month

Thank you!

Following on from the end of the RS exam series, the RS team at Pearson Edexcel want to pass on our wishes of thanks and a huge well done to all of those who have taught and supported students through these exams.  The last few years have been challenging for students and staff, and it is important not to underestimate your role in ensuring all students were able to achieve their best in these exams!

New Autumn Term RS CPD events

We now have two events available to book for the Autumn term:

Pearson Edexcel GCE A level Religious Studies: New to Edexcel (for those new to teaching or those who would like a refresher) Wednesday 21st September 2022
Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A and B: New to Edexcel (for those new to teaching or those who would like a refresher) Wednesday 28th September 2022

In October we'll be running (available to book soon):

Pearson Edexcel GCE A level Religious Studies: Assessment and Marking Training Wednesday 5th October 2022
Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A and B: Assessment and Marking training  Wednesday 12th October 2022

In November we'll be running (available to book soon):

Pearson Edexcel GCE A level Religious Studies: Deep dive into using the Anthology Wednesday 9th November 2022
Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A and B: Deep dive into (d) evaluation questions Wednesday 16th November 2022

All CPD events will be available to book on our website:

Click here to see events available to book

I will also send out reminders about these in my email subject updates and on social media. 


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A level Promotional Material

We have created some promotional posters to help you promote A level Religious Studies as an option at KS5.  You will find a poster promoting the subject in general and three individual posters (including key questions) for each A level paper.  We hope that these are useful for you!

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Materials to support transition from GCSE to A level RS

The time following GCSEs offers a unique opportunity to engage students and prepare them for the challenging debates they can look forward to at A level RS.  To support you with this, we've included a range of discussion topics, including content stimulus, key questions, further reading and research suggestions.  

The activities included in this document are designed  as a teacher facing resource which can be adapted as you need. The intention is to help students consolidate and expand their knowledge and understanding of topics covered in Pearson Edexcel’s Religious Studies GCSEs, to aid their transition into our A and/or AS Level Religious Studies courses.  

We hope you find them useful!

(*These are intended as a teacher resource as they include links to content that some may find distressing which can be directed by teachers as appropriate)

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Book an appointment with your subject advisor

You can now book an appointment with me to discuss any of our RS qualifications.  It can be a quick question or a longer discussion. Pick a time which suits you best.  You can click on the link on the RS subject page or by clicking on the following:

Click here to book an appointment


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Support, CPD and resources

University of Chester webinars

The University of Chester have been offering weekly subject knowledge enhancement webinars available for both students and teachers.  Every Tuesday 4.00-4.35pm 20-minute live lecture plus anonymous Q&A in the chat (audience neither seen nor heard).  These are highly engaging with time at the end dedicated to answering any questions you may have.  They are free to attend.  You can sign up to these events (or see past events) using the following link:

Link to webinar information

RE online

RE online have a new e-learning platform which has free courses for all teachers to support their subject knowledge:

Link to e-learning platform

They also provide an A level Digest which signposts useful reading, links and resources for teaching A level Religious Studies:

Link to RE online A level Digest


REtoday have a 'Picturing Islam and Picturing Muslims' resource and webinar recording for only £65.  This includes a collection of compelling images and artworks used to introduce key concepts for understanding how Muslims live their faith, including a range of activities, questions and a teacher handbook along with a 60-minute recorded webinar with Lat Blaylock.  

Link to resource

Zig Zag publishers

ZigZag publishing have produced eRevision resources for GCSE Edexcel Specification B Christianity and Islam.  

Link to resource

Hodder publishers

Hodder have a range of resources available to support our GCSE and A level qualification. 

(Save 20% on print resources when you order by 1st July!* Use discount code WO0004588)

Link to the collection


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RS Topic of the Month

Topic of the month aims to stimulate discussion at Key Stages 4 and 5 and bring religion to life. This can be achieved by considering religion’s relevance in our vast modern world. We have selected a current news article which you may wish to read and integrate into your teaching practice, using the discussion prompts provided. 

This month, we include an article looking at the new Disney Marvel superhero Kamala Khan and ask 'Can religious tradition align with a modern lifestyle?' and a second article looking at a farm based on Jewish principles of stewardship and ask 'How could a religious lens support conservation?'

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