Auditory Learners and Religious Studies in the Digital Age (and a Free Podcast!)

As all good teachers know, a lot of people learn best by listening. That’s fine in the classroom, but send them home with some reading to do for homework and it just doesn’t sink in. These auditory learners don’t get on as well with the written word. Fortunately for today’s ‘digital natives’, there are a wealth of programmes, videos and podcasts available for immediate download across the Internet.

But, as ever, the key to exam success is to make sure what they listen to is relevant to the specification. That’s where Topical Podcasts for Religious Studies come in. Not only does each article cover a topical issue in relation to religious morality and ethical theories according to the exam board specification, they also include tasks and discussion questions, leading up to exam-style questions to help you prepare them for the exam. The accompanying printed materials mean both your visual and auditory learners will keep pace.

Specification-specific editions are so far available for:

  • GCSE AQA B Unit 3: Religion and Morality (18 articles)
    For GCSE Religion and Morality we look at the whole range of issues, from ‘Matters of Life’ (e.g. IVF; selling kidneys) to ‘World Poverty’ (e.g. why religious people help the poor at home and abroad; fair trade). Preview and order at
  • AS Edexcel AS Edexcel Ethics (10 articles)
    Ten articles cover all the key ethical theories students need to look at, applying them to topical debates such as ‘Does religious morality protect girls?’ or ‘Would Joseph Fletcher give Terry Pratchett the right to die?’ Preview and order at

Lecturer of Religious Studies Ms B Knibbs says ‘textbooks often focus on theories and thinkers without applying them to the modern world which is what students actually have to do in their exams… the issues covered are bang up to date – MPs’ expenses and hacking scandals… I like the clear language used to explain them. It has tasks that will stretch students whilst also starting from basics so it caters for all abilities.’

Free Podcast!

Listen to ‘Article 2: Would Joseph Fletcher give Terry Pratchett the right to die?’ for FREE now at (Bookmark it and you can play it to your class when you start looking at situation ethics and euthanasia! It’s a great way to kick-start debates, with questions at the end to guide the discussion.)

ZigZag resources are available as ‘copy masters’ or in editable format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use – and students can download the podcasts to their MP3 players. All resources come with a quality-guarantee, 10-day sale or return period.

The Topical Articles and Podcasts are available as photocopy masters with a site licence (£59). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

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