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Religious Studies


Religious Studies A-Level is designed to offer an academic approach to the study of religious ethics, philosophy of religion and the role that a particular religious belief plays in the modern world.

There are three sections to the course, each contributing a third to the final grade:

  1. Religion and ethics
  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs


  1. Philosophy of religion
  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language


  1. Developments in religious thought
  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • Sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society


Assessment and Examinations

There is a final examination at the end of the Upper Sixth year, consisting of 3 papers of 2 hours with essay style questions.  There is no coursework component.

No prior knowledge of the subject is required, but the demands of essay writing means that we recommend that prospective students have attained at least Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Religious Studies would be an advantage.

Career Opportunities

Religious Studies is an acknowledged academic discipline and recent students have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at top universities, including Classics, Nursing, Psychology, Politics, Philosophy, Geography and Hospitality and Tourism.  Religious Studies is a subject that develops both analytical skills and intellectual curiosity and therefore can provide an opening to a many different career paths.

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