Cardinal Heenan

Catholic High School


Religious Education

Curriculum Leader: Mr A Wicker

All students study Religious Education which forms part of the core curriculum. The course leads to GCSE certification in Religious Studies. The department motivates students by lively, interesting activities. Members of the local community provide an input whenever possible.

Religious Studies GCSE

Course Level: GCSE Course Level: GCSE Course code: 8063YB

What the course covers
Part One: Catholic Christianity 50% of GCSE

Six Topics:
• Creation
• Incarnation
• The Triune God
• Redemption
• Church
• Eschatology

Part Two: Perspectives on Faith
The Study of Judaism 25% of GCSE

Two Topics:
• Beliefs and Teachings
• Practices

Textual Studies 25% of GCSE
Two Topics:
• St Mark’s Gospel - the life of Jesus
• St Mark’s Gospel as a source of spiritual truth


At the end of the course all pupils will be entered for the
Full Course GCSE in Religious Studies. The full course
examination consists of two written papers.

Where the course can lead

Religious Studies is a challenging course, relevant to every decision students will face in later life. It is widely regarded as an important area of academic study. A GCSE in Religious Studies is essential for anyone hoping to study the subject at GCSE Advanced Level or to read a degree in Theology, Philosophy or Moral Doctrine. It is also a valuable grounding for those considering careers in
teaching, social work, law, medicine, the Civil Service, the Media, the Church or related professions.