Religious Studies

A Level

Religious Studies

Why should I study this course?

One reason to study Religious Studies is because it deals with some of the most important questions in life! Does God exist? How do we know what is right or wrong? What role does religion have in modern society? Should faith schools be encouraged? Through studying and discussing these issues you will improve your thinking skills and ability to develop an argument. You will learn to think philosophically about issues, understand how key ideas have developed through the work of philosophers in the past and recognise their influence on ideas in society today. You will also have the opportunity to reflect upon your own points of view in relation to these ideas. The religion studied on this course is Christianity.

What will I study?

Unit 1: Religion and Philosophy. The case for the existence of God will be explored, with arguments for and against, as will the ways in which psychology approaches the religious experience. You will look at issues surrounding life after death, scientific challenges to religious belief, evil and suffering, religious experience, religious language, miracles, self and life after death.

Unit 2: Ethics, Religion and Society. You will examine key moral principles such as religious identity, religion and sexual identity, and religious pluralism. You will also look closely at ethical theories such as issues of human life and death, issues of animal life and death, meta ethics, free will and moral responsibility, conscience and the work of the theorists such as Bentham and Kant.

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

Each unit is assessed by examination at the end of the second year.

What will the course prepare me for?

As well as preparing a student for one of the variety of degree courses in Philosophy or Religious Studies, an A Level in Religious Studies is of the same value as any other A Level. This can be used as part of basic entrance qualifications for a university course, especially in the arts, humanities or law. Religious Studies is also a valuable subject for those intending to enter the teaching profession. Most primary school teachers are involved in teaching Religious Studies and at secondary level there is still a shortage of specialists.

Private study

As an approximate guideline A Level subjects require 4 - 5 hours of independent study each per week.

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil a ruler, and a notepad. You will also be expected to keep an A4 folder where you file your class notes, assignments, assessments and handouts.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in an interactive and comfortable environment. There will also be lots of discussion within the classroom. Independent study is encouraged with activities to complete at home.

This course is for you if... enjoy discussing contemporary issues and want to improve your thinking skills. If you have considered studying philosophy you should consider religious studies as a large part of the course involves studying philosophy of religion.

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What are the course requirements?

Five 9 - 4 grades at GCSE including a grade 4/C in GCSE English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control

What skills do I need?

  • The ability to write well and be able to think arguments through.
  • You also need an open mind and the willingness to listen to arguments and opinions that may be different to your own.