Religious Studies (Philosophy, Ethics and Religion)

The A-level Religious Studies course involves a rigorous study of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and how these relate to the world in which we live and their impact on local and global issues. Students consider the deepest questions humans can ask. For example, why am I here? Why do people suffer? Why should I be good? The course enables students to develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. Students will critically evaluate and justify points of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument.

  • Course Outline
    • Learners will study three components:

      • Component 1: A Study of Religion (Christianity)
      • Component 2: Philosophy of Religion
      • Component 3: Religion and Ethics

      Each component is assessed by written examination. Five questions are set per component, of which candidates must answer two in essay format.


  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Religious Studies develops skills transferable to a variety of careers including:

      • Police
      • Journalism
      • Social work
      • Legal profession
      • Medical profession
      • Teaching
      • Counselling
      • Development / Charity work
      • Youth work
      • Local government roles
      • The Forces
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Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2018 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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