New subject content for GCSE, AS and A level in Religious Studies

Thu Feb 12 15:51:00 UTC 2015

New subject content has been published by the Department for Education for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications in Religious Studies.

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These new specifications will be taught from September 2016. The first AS assessments will take place in summer 2017 and the first GCSE and A level assessments will take place in summer 2018.

View the GCSE RS subject content

View the AS and A level RS subject content

Summary of the DfE’s subject content


  • At least half of the GCSE will be spent developing knowledge and understanding of 2 religions.
  • The option to spend up to three quarters of the GCSE time studying 1 of the 2 religions.
  • The opportunity to study themes in relation to textual studies and/or religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world.

AS and A level

  • All students must develop knowledge and a critical understanding of religious thought, belief and practice in relation to at least one religion.
  • Requirement to study 3 approaches from a choice of 4:
    • Systematic study of one religion
    • Philosophy of religion
    • Religion and ethics
    • Textual studies

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Best wishes,

The Religious Studies Team


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