Religious Studies

Studying Religious Studies successfully is not dependent upon the beliefs of the candidate although the papers included in the Sedbergh curriculum at GCSE place a particular emphasis on the Christian faith and morality.


GCSE study focuses on two written papers and two pieces of independent course work.

Paper 1 : The meaning of Christianity in faith and practice• Styles of worship in different churches
Initiation Rites - Baptism, Marriage, Funerals
The meaning of The Bible and how it is used today
The key points in the life of Jesus
Christian beliefs such as The Trinity
Festivals such as Christmas and Easter
The worldwide Church and Ecumenism
Liberation Theology
Places of Pilgrimage such as Lindisfarne and Iona

Paper 2 : Christian Perspectives on Contemporary Moral Issues

The ways in which Christians help people in their local area
Christian concern for young people through The Children's Society
Humanitarian work in Britain through The Salvation Army
Issues concerning Justice with reference to the British Prison System
Worldwide Christian work for the poor through Tear Fund
Christian concern for peace and responses to war and conflict
Sanctity of Life issues relating to Abortion and Euthanasia
Divorce and Re-Marriage
Green Issues and Care for the Environment


The study of philosophy, religion and ethics is a sound foundation for any career demanding good powers of communications and an ability to analyse, understand and solve problems. The Edexcel A-level Religious Studies syllabus is followed and GCSE is not a requirement for A-level study. Philosophy of Religion
The Design Argument for the existence of God
The Cosmological Argument for the existence of God
The problem of evil and suffering
The philosophical debate about Miracles
The Ontological Argument
The argument for the existence of God based on Religious Experience
Beliefs about life after death
A study of Myth and Symbol
Religious Ethics
The theory of Utilitarianism
The theory of Situation Ethics
The role of Conscience
War and Pacifism
The theory of Natural Moral Law
Kant's Categorical Imperative and Deontology
The theories of Intuitionism and Emotivism
The application of Justice, Law and Punishment
Suicide and Euthanasia