Ewan Brady, Religious Studies Subject Advisor
We have published a range of resources in recent years to support the teaching of our GCSE and A Level Religious Studies courses. In this blog I’ll highlight key resources including textbooks, online resources, and our new teacher website, Teach Cambridge.
Teach Cambridge is our new secure website that provides you with resources and support for the subjects you teach. Created in collaboration with teachers, Teach Cambridge allows you to easily access all the information you need.
We have the following resources for GCSE RS:
Please note that the 2022 candidate exemplars are only available through Teach Cambridge.
Our publishing partner, Hodder Education, has produced an endorsed textbook for GCSE RS. It covers:
Hodder has published a revision guide covering the same options. They also publish exam question practice materials (not endorsed by OCR). Hodder are publishing a new textbook, along with a workbook, in 2023.
Polity has published a textbook for GCSE Religious Studies which covers philosophy and ethics applied to Christianity and Islam.
You can use textbooks from legacy specifications or generic textbooks – although you should use them with care as they do not match the current specification exactly.
We have the following resources for A Level RS:
There are endorsed textbooks available from three publishers:
Hodder Education has published new endorsed textbooks for A Level covering the Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought. They have also published three revision guides and workbooks covering the same components.
Hodder has previously published endorsed books covering Year 1 and Year 2, which are still available. They have recently published new revision guides covering Islam and Buddhism.
OUP has published endorsed textbooks for Year 1 and Year 2. They have also published a revision guide.
Polity has published endorsed textbooks for Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics, and Developments in Christian Thought.
Here are some links to other resources useful to teachers and students:
If you have any questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 01223 553998 or follow us on Twitter @OCR_RS. You can also sign up to subject updates and receive email information about resources and support.
Since joining OCR as a subject specialist in June 2014, Ewan has been responsible for several subjects including Law, Government and Politics, and Sociology. He led the redevelopment of the new AS and A Levels in Law for first teaching in 2017. He took over responsibility for Religious Studies as Subject Advisor in 2017.
Ewan taught for 16 years in Scotland and England and held leadership roles including head of humanities, teaching subjects including history, law, politics, citizenship, and religious studies. In his spare time Ewan enjoys walking, sport, reading, going to the cinema, and playing video games with his family.