“Religious studies is accessible to candidates of any religious persuasion or none”
Religious Studies offers an academic approach to the study of religion, philosophy and ethics. It is accessible to candidates of any religious persuasion or none. This course is designed to nurture the development of critical and reflective thinking with the aim of developing a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis and the construction of balanced, informed arguments within the context of a religious, philosophical and ethical awareness.
The Religious Studies A-Level has three units:
- Philosophy of religion which addresses philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and influence of religious experience and the problems of evil and suffering.
- The study of Religion and ethics which is characterised both by a study of ethical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in religion and ethics, and also by the application of ethical theory to issues of importance.
- Developments in religious thought which provides an opportunity for the systematic study of the religious tradition of Islam. This includes exploration of beliefs, values and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority and practices that shape and express Islamic identity.
How will I be assessed?
At the end of Year 12 you will be assessed through three written examinations each lasting 1¼ hours. Your result from these examinations will form your AS grade.
At the end of Year 13 you will have three written examinations each lasting 2 hours; your result from these examinations will form your final A-Level grade.
Additional Entry Requirements
- GCSE English: 5
- GCSE Maths: 4
These requirements are in addition to the general entry requirements.
All A-Level courses are two-year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to succeed on this course in Year 13.
Where can this course take me?
The Russell Group of top universities has made it clear that Religious Studies A-Level provides ‘suitable preparation for University generally’. This course will equip you to go to university where you can study religion or philosophy further. The course is particularly useful to students thinking of careers in Media, Law, Politics, Social work, Teaching and Community Work.