GCSE Religious Studies


Explore the theology of the world’s two largest religions, and achieve a popular GCSE Religious studies qualification online.


GCSE Religious Studies

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About This Course

Develop your understanding of two of the world’s most influential religions, Islam and Christianity, and gain an internationally recognised GCSE qualification.

Under the guidance of our personal tutors, who will offer you feedback and valuable exam advice, you’ll explore the theology of both religions. You’ll have access to our study guides and self-assessment exercises, specially designed to help you achieve the highest possible exam score for you.

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The curriculum of this GCSE Religious Studies online course is the same as the current GCSE studied in traditional UK schools, meaning you can rest assured you’re earning the same qualification as your peers.

When it comes time to book your exams, we’ll help find a convenient centre for you.

Please note: You are able to complete this course without sitting exams; however, in order to achieve a full GCSE Religious Studies qualification, exams are mandatory.

Course Benefits

Over the course of 2 units, you’ll learn the key ideas, questions, and challenges of the world’s most popular religions: Islam and Christianity. This course will offer you:

  • An internationally recognised GCSE qualification.
  • A deeper understanding of religion that you can bring into your further studies.
  • Personal tutor guidance and support, to help you pass your exams.

Course Units

Qualification Number: 601/8594/6

Component 1: 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 2: 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


In order to achieve the full GCSE Religious Studies qualification, students are required to pass three written exams. Exams take place in May and June, but we recommend students book them as early as possible to ensure their place. Students will need to sit their exams at an exam centre, which will require a separate fee paid directly to the facility. We’ll help you book your exams when you’re ready.

Exam 1: 

  • 1 hour written exam
  • Worth 25% of overall GCSE Religious Studies marks

Exam 2: 

  • 1 hour written exam
  • Worth 25% of overall GCSE Religious Studies marks

Exam 3: 

  • 2 hour written exam
  • Worth 50% of overall GCSE Religious Studies marks

Required Knowledge

There are no entry requirements on this GCSE course.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an OCR GCSE Religious Studies qualification.


From the moment you enrol, you’ll have access to the latest e-learning study materials and exam expert personal tutors. We understand exam revision can be daunting, but we believe it shouldn’t have to be. Now you can study from home at your own pace, receiving personalised feedback and advice to help you pass your exams.

Our specialised student support team will always be on-hand to offer their guidance on any queries you may have, big or small. You can rest assured that help will only ever be a click away.

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You have 2 years to complete this course, but can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs.

You will be able to take your exams at the nearest possible exam centre to you. We’ll assist in the booking of your exams and make sure you can get to the most practical location!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Students who reside outside of the United Kingdom are able to study our GCSE courses. However, examinations must occur within the UK.

There are no prerequisites or required qualifications to study this course.

In other words, if you’re reading this, you’re ready!

This is a government-regulated qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual-regulated awarding body.

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