The aim of Religious Studies is that it should encourage learners to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study that challenges pupils and equips them to lead constructive lives in the modern world. 

RS should enable learners to:

  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.
  • Explore religions and beliefs, reflect on fundamental questions, engage with them intellectually and respond personally.
  • Enhance their spiritual and moral development, and contribute to their health and wellbeing.  
  • Enhance their personal, social and cultural development, their understanding of different cultures locally, nationally and in the wider world, and to contribute to social and community cohesion.
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the study of religion, and relate it to the wider world.
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.

RS provides learners with the opportunity to:

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of religion by exploring the significance and impact of beliefs, teachings, sources, practices, ways of life and forms of expressing meaning.
  • Express their personal responses and informed insights on fundamental questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments. 


Pupils study the religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism through the following topics (from the Rhondda Cynon Taff – Locally Agreed Syllabus):

  • Leaders and Texts
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Looking For God
  • Worship and Ritual
  • Journey of Life
  • ‘Is it Fair?’


All pupils follow the WJEC Specification B, Option A (non-coursework) option for Short Course GCSE, and WJEC Specification B, Option B (non-coursework) is followed by pupils studying for Full Course GCSE. Pupils sit a 1 hour 45 minute examination in Year 11 for Short Course GCSE. Pupils who are studying Full Course GCSE will sit a further 1 hour 45 minute examination. There is no coursework in Religious Studies.


Pupils follow the WJEC AS/A Level specifications. For AS, the units of study are: ‘An Introduction to Religion and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion’ and ‘An Introduction to the Study of Religion – Christianity’.

‘An Introduction to the Study of Religion – Christianity’ course content:

  • Theme 1 – Religious figures and sacred texts (part 1)
  • Theme 2 – Religious concepts
  • Theme 3 – Religious life
  • Theme 4 – Religious practices that shape religious identity (part 1)

‘An Introduction to Religion and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion’ course content:


  • Theme 1 – Ethical Thought
  • Theme 2 – Aquinas’ Natural Law – a religious approach to ethics
  • Theme 3 – Situation Ethics – a religious approach to ethics
  • Theme 4 – Utilitarianism – a non-religious approach to ethics


  • Theme 1 – Arguments for the existence of God – inductive
  • Theme 2 – Arguments for the existence of God – deductive
  • Theme 3 – Challenges to religious belief (part 1) – the problem of evil and suffering
  • Theme 4 – Religious experience (part 1)

For A Level, the units of study followed are ‘Philosophy of Religion’ and ‘Human Experience (Life, Death and Life after Death)’.

Philosophy of Religion’ course content:

  • Is religious faith rational?
  • Is religious language meaningful?
  • Is religious faith compatible with scientific evidence?
  • Are we free beings?

Human Experience course content: Pupils have to answer a two-part question on ‘Life, Death and Life after Death’ in the examination.