Religious Studies


A Level

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 5 in English

Why study this course?

You do not need to be religious to study Religious Studies and Philosophy at A-Level and you do not have to have a GCSE in Religious Studies. Whether you think religion has played a positive or negative role, it has been around for centuries and has impacted on behaviour, culture and beliefs of human beings throughout history.

Religions aim to answer Ultimate Questions in life, such as, “Does God exist?” “Is there a life after death?” “Is God simply a product of the human mind?” “What does it mean to be ‘good’?” The course will allow you to explore these ideas in depth with the aid of scholars and will provide you with clear examples to support your ideas- we are really interested in knowing your opinions!

What will I study?

Year 1

This is a two year course and students with no AS exam available, students will complete a full A-Level by the end of the second year. Across the two years students will develop an understanding of three areas of study.

In Year 12 students will cover:

Buddhism includes an in-depth analysis of:

  • Religious figures and sacred texts.
  • Religious concepts, such as the nature of ultimate reality.
  • Religious life Religious practices

Ethics includes the themes of:

  • Ethical thought (What does ‘good’ mean?)
  • Deontological ethics (Is an action right in itself?)
  • Teleological Ethics (Is an action right based on it’s consequences?)

Philosophy includes the themes of:

  • The problem of evil and suffering
  • Inductive and deductive arguments for the existence of God
  • Religious experiences

Year 2

Year 13 continues with the topics above in more depth.


  • Religious figures and sacred texts
  • Significant social and historical developments in religious thought
  • Religious practices that shape religious identity


  • Meta-ethical approaches
  • Deontological ethics (Is an action right in itself?)
  • Determinism and free will


  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Religious belief as a product of the human mind

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by an external exam for each unit, lasting two hours. The exams are essay based and assess both AO1 (Knowledge and Understanding) and AO2 (Analysis and Evaluation) skills. Willingness to debate and participate in class discussions are key to access the ‘big questions’ we consider. The exam board is WJEC.

Where can it lead?

  • Advice worker
  • Archivist
  • Charity officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Community development worker
  • Counsellor
  • Customer services
  • Editorial assistant
  • Librarian
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Youth worker

Miss M Oakes

Faculty Leader

Mrs C Berry

Mrs E Scotson

Miss M Oakes

Miss F Gill

Course Materials