GCSE Religious Studies

Course codes: OSC1170 / OSC1319
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Pursue your studies in Religious Studies, from home. This course provides you with the course materials needed to successfully gain your GCSE Religious Studies qualification.

  • Develop your understanding of religious beliefs and teaching and sources
  • Understand the importance of religion for individuals, communities and societies
  • Explore the different philosophical and ethical arguments
  • Gain an internationally recognised GCSE qualification in Religious Studies
  • Choose to add on your exams and we will book these for you
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in religious studies, this GCSE course is ideal for students who are planning to study Religious Studies at A-Level, for those wanting to explore their own faith and know more about it and anyone aspiring to achieve a career involving religion, as a teacher, advice worker or counsellor.

This new GCSE Religious Studies specification is equivalent to a UK GCSE studied in traditional schools and colleges.

Please note, you can take this course without completing exams but you will not receive the GCSE accreditation.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in Religious Studies (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


3 paper-based exams.

Course Content

Specification: OCR J625

Please note, OCR does offer the chance to learn about other religions, however due to tutors expertise you must study Christianity and Islam.

  • Existence and importance of common and divergent views
  • Sources of authority and wisdom that underpin and connect teachings
  • Influencing individuals, communities and societies
  • Offer reasoned and supported arguments
  • Relationships and families
  • Men and women
  • The question of God
  • The nature of reality
  • Experiencing God
  • Religion, peace and conflict
  • Violence and conflict
  • Peace and peace making
  • Forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Challenges for religion
  • Dialogue within and between religious groups
  • Dialogue between religious and non-religious groups
Extra Info


To achieve a GCSE in Religious Studies you will be assessed across the 2 components. Both components will be assessed by 3 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.

If you add on the exams, the examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in either our Birmingham or Macclesfield centre; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available.

Course Duration

You will have up to 1 year to complete the full GCSE Mathematics course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and your only deadlines are the GCSE examinations, which you will be able to take in May/June.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an GCSE Religious Studies by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or online, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the exams, you will receive your GCSE in Religious Studies.

The GCSE is recognised by universities, schools and employers around the world. It is awarded by OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA).

Available grades for this qualification will be awarded in a new 9-1 scale, where 9 is the highest (equivalent to A* under the old system).

Exam details

Paper: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices – Christianity (J625/01)

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 Hour

Weighing: 25% of the GCSE

Total Marks: 63

Assessed: Component one – Christianity

Paper: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices – Islam (J625/02)

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 Hour

Weighing: 25% of the GCSE

Total Marks: 63

Assessed: Component one – Islam

Paper: Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the Modern World from a Religious Perspective – Christianity (J625/06)

Type: Written examination

Duration: 2 Hours

Weighing: 50%

Total Marks: 126

Assessed: Component two


Yes!  This course is the same as a GCSE you would study at a traditional school or college. The only difference is that this course is designed to be studied from home and you receive full tutor support via email.

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College Pen and Highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. The cost of the exams can be included in this course. If you add these on, we will book and pay for them when you are ready. The exams (if added on) must be taken at either our Birmingham or Macclesfield exam centre. Please ensure you are able to travel to these places.

If you don’t add on your exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately.

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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