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GCSE Religious Studies

Course Code: GCSE1

Course Overview

Pursue your studies in Religious Studies, from home!

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

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
  • Those wanting to explore their own faith and know more about it
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career involving religion, as a teacher, advice worker or counsellor

The GCSE Religious Studies course enables you to:

  • 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 qualification for further studies in Religious Studies at A-Level and BTEC Level
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Course Content

  • Specification: OCR J625

    Component One: Beliefs and Teachings and Practices

    For this section, you will 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
  • Component Two: Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective

    For this section, you will study Christianity.

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

Other Information

  • Assessment

    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:

    • 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
    • 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.
    Course Duration

    You will have 12 months to complete the full GCSE Religious Studies course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

  • 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 this home learning course you will receive an 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).

    It serves as ideal preparation for follow-up courses, such as A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

    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).

course questions & answers

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from a school or college?

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.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

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

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
  • * Not included with the online study option
Is there a required reading list?

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

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for these yourself. You can find out more about where to sit your examinations by visiting the OCR website.

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to pay for your exams and fees to take your exams at the examining centre that you choose.

What if I live outside the UK?

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.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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