This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Learners will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.
In this course you will study:
Component 01: Philosophy of religion
Component 02: Religion and ethics
Component 03: Developments in religious thought
Students select one religion to study systematically
All content is taught over both years and will be assessed at the end of the second year.
What do I need to join?
5 GCSEs at grade 4–9, including English and Maths.
How will I know how I am doing?
Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion
Paper 2: Religion and Ethics
Paper 3: Developments in Religious Thought (Christianity or Buddhism)
You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during your first year in term time, where you will have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period. The aim of this activity is to give you an idea of what full-time employment is like and to help you think about which career you would like to follow.
What can I do next?
Religious studies is a strong academic subject which is often chosen by those wanting to pursue university study. Philosophy of religion is a good springboard for the study of philosophy at university and the vast topic area of religion, which at higher education includes: theology, ethics, contemporary religion, Eastern religions and philosophy.
Other degree subjects that the Religious Studies A-level provides a good grounding for are sociology, anthropology and psychology.
In career terms, religious studies is very useful for those considering working with people. Teachers, nurses, doctors and social workers often study RS as an additional subject because it covers areas of ethics and therefore encourages students to empathise, view the world in a more complex way, open their minds and consider other people’s perspectives and points of view.Apply for this course
Course information last updated: Monday 20th January 2020 @ 8.30am (22 hours ago)