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GCSE Religious Studies

Course Codes

OSC1170 / OSC1319

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Achieve your OCR GCSE Religious Studies qualification with this online course from home!

  • Achieve an internationally recognised qualification in GCSE Religious Studies from OCR.
  • Study topics such as Christianity and Islam, including their common and divergent views and influences on communities.
  • Study at your own pace and develop a solid foundation of knowledge that will prepare you for future studies in related fields.
  • Choose whether to add your exams to your enrolment and we will take care of booking these for you when you're ready!
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Course overview

With this online GCSE Religious Studies course, your studies will focus on Christianity and Islam. You will explore the influences of the two religions on communities and societies, as well as the differing views and the sources of authority behind each religion.

This online GCSE course in Religious Studies provides the perfect foundation of knowledge for a variety of future study pathways and careers, including healthcare, social work, education, counselling, and more!

This OCR GCSE Religious Studies course is the same as the GCSE syllabus currently studied in traditional schools throughout the UK, allowing you to achieve an internationally recognised GCSE qualification from home at your own pace.

If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment, we will book these for you, saving you the hassle of booking them yourself and giving you more time to dedicate to your studies.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of your exams, you will receive your OCR GCSE Religious Studies qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Three 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 will study Christianity and Islam when studying with OSC.

Extra info


To achieve your GCSE Religious Studies qualification, the knowledge you have gained during your studies will be assessed across three paper-based exams.

If you add your exams to your enrolment we will book them when you’re ready. If you choose to book your exams through us, you will need to sit your exams at one of the following centres:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Belfast

Before adding the option to include your exams to your enrolment, please ensure you are able to travel to these locations.

While you are formally assessed by completing your exams, you will also need to submit tutor-marked assignments to allow your tutor to monitor your progress.

There are three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will have up to one year to complete your GCSE Religious Studies course from the date you receive your materials.

With this course, you will have the flexibility to study at your own pace, and your only deadlines are the GCSE exams, which typically take place during the summer exam period (May/June).

Study Method

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Course Outcome

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

This GCSE is awarded by OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) and is recognised by universities, schools, and employers globally.


Exam details

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

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 Hour

Weighting: 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

Weighting: 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

Weighting: 50%

Total marks: 126

Assessed: Component two


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