What does the course involve?

Do you have an enquiring mind and a desire to examine some of the most important questions which face humankind?  Do you respect others that have beliefs despite not holding your own?  Or do you have a belief you wish to study in more depth?  This course which will expand your outlook on the world, it is not too useful for those who which to go into religious leadership.  An excellent choice if you are going on to study a degree level as it prepares you with skills of critical thinking and evaluation.

For those of you who have studied at GCSE, the A level will cover some familiar ground but at a higher level of understanding and requiring a greater response. You will need to be prepared to read some quite challenging texts, take notes, discuss and examine a range of different issues and write a good examination essay. This all takes time, patience and hard work. Are you up for the challenge?


The Religious Studies Course covers THREE areas of study            

Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion – 2 hour exam (33.3% of the A level)

Topics you will study include:

  • Influence of Religious Experience
  • Problems of Evil and Suffering 

Unit 2: Ethics – 2 hour exam (33.3% of the A level) 

Topics you will study include:

  • Ethical Theories and their application to Moral Dilemmas
  • Medical Ethics  

Unit 3: Study of Religion – Judaism – 2 hour exam (33.3% of the A level)

Topics you will study include:

  • Religious Beliefs, Values and Teachings
  • The Holocaust and Zionism

What qualifications do I need?

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements.  Students will need to have a good grasp of written English.

Students do not need to have studied at GCSE level but this would be an advantage.


Students will be supplied with a copy of the relevant core text to support their studies and can supplement this further from the supplied list of recommended reading.


All three areas of study will be examined at AS and A Level.

Future Prospects

A level Religious Studies is a rigorous course, designed to encourage you to investigate, to present widely informed and detailed arguments with well substantiated conclusions, to justify your opinions and to interpret and evaluate religious concepts and the views of scholars. As such, it is useful for many subjects at university, not just those of you who wish to take it further as a subject in its own right. Of course, for those of you who do wish to take Religious Studies further, there are a number of excellent courses around the country.

Videos from the Department

A class of Y12 students answers questions from Mrs Watson about the Religious Education course, what topics are covered, what a typical lesson looks like and what skills a student needs to take the course