KS4 Religious Studies

Keystage 4 – Religious Studies (0490)

Curriculum Overview

This wide-ranging syllabus aims to promote an enquiring, critical and sympathetic approach to the study of religion. Learners will reflect on religious responses to moral issues, identify and explore questions about the meaning of life, and recognise the contribution of religion to patterns of belief and behaviour. They study Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing an introduction to the challenging and varied nature of religion. Cambridge IGCSE Religious Studies is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding.

Topics to be studied

  • Worship,
  • Beliefs and Sacred Writings
  • Festivals
  • Fasts
  • Pilgrimage
  • Religion and the Family
  • Religion and Social Action

We look at Christianity, Islam and Judaism


The three assessment objectives in Religious Studies are:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Understanding and interpretation
  3. Evaluation.

Each paper that the students sit will require them to confirm their ability at each skill.

Candidates are awarded grades A* to G.

All candidates must sit for two papers.


All candidates must take:

Paper 1

Each section on this paper consists of two compulsory structured questions. The second question in each section is based on stimulus material. Candidates answer both the questions on two of the sections. This paper lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 50% of the final grade.

Paper 2 Each section of this paper consists of three structured questions without stimulus material. Candidates answer two of the questions from two of the sections. This paper lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 50% of the final grade.

Further Information

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