Senior Study of Religion

Study of Religion investigates religious traditions and how religion has influenced, and continues to influence, people’s lives. Students become aware of their own religious beliefs, the religious beliefs of others, and how people holding such beliefs are able to co-exist in a pluralist society. Students study the five major world religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism; and Australian Aboriginal spiritualities and Torres Strait Islander religion and their influence on people, society and culture. These are explored through sacred texts and religious writings that offer insights into life, and through the rituals that mark significant moments and events in the religion itself and the lives of adherents. Students develop a logical and critical approach to understanding the influence of religion, with judgments supported through valid and reasoned argument. They develop critical thinking skills, including those of analysis, reasoning and evaluation, as well as communication skills that support further study and post-school participation in a wide range of fields.



A course of study in Study of Religion can establish a basis for further education and employment in such fields as anthropology, the arts, education, journalism, politics, psychology, religious studies, sociology and social work. 
​By the conclusion of the course of study, students will:
  • Describe the characteristics of religion and religious traditions 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of religious traditions 
  • Differentiate between religious traditions 
  • Analyse perspectives about religious expressions within traditions 
  • Consider and organise information about religion 
  • Evaluate and draw conclusions about the significance of religion for individuals and its influence on people, society and culture 
  • Create responses that communicate meaning to suit purpose.​


Unit 1
​Unit 2
​Unit 3
​Unit 4
Sacred texts and religious writings
  • ​Sacred texts 
  • Abrahamic traditions​

Religion and ritual

  • Lifecycle rituals
  • Calendrical rituals​

Religious ethics

  • Social ethics
  • Ethical relationships

Religion, rights and the nation-state
  • Religion and the nation–state
  • Religion and human rights​


Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context. In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E)

Summative assessments​

​Unit 3
​Unit 4
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
  •  Examination — extended response 
 Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):
  • Investigation — inquiry response
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
 •  Investigation — inquiry response
Summative external assessment (EA): ​
 • Examination — short response​