GCSE Religious Studies Level 2

Full Time

About the course

You do not need to be religious to study this course, but an open mind and an interest in the big questions in life will be vital as you develop your own attitude towards religious and ethical issues.

  • Develop an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture
  • Explore questions about beliefs, values, meaning, purpose and truth and find out how people practice Christianity and Buddhism

You will be studying two religions: Buddhism and Christianity as well as ethical themes.

Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices.

Component 2: Thematic studies. Looking at religious, philosophical and ethical arguments related to issues of equality, conflict, relationships, human rights and social justice and their impact and influence on the modern world and life in Britain today.

Entry requirements

Grade 3 /D or above, including English Language.

Where next?

Religious Studies will help you develop a wide range of skills that are useful in all areas of employment and further study at college. Developing an understanding of moral issues and an awareness of diversity can be helpful to many careers including law, journalism, the police, health care, teaching and social work.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: mark.owen@newcollege.ac.uk or subject leader: robert.tylee@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk