What does it involve?

Students choosing to study the Religious Studies A-level course will cover two components. The first is a study of Buddhism and Christianity, looking at core teaching, beliefs and sources of wisdom literature. They will also study ethical and philosophical concepts such as the arguments for the existence of God, Life After Death, Conscience, Free Will, Meta Ethics and Animal Rights. In the second component, students explore how each religion is influenced by, and has an influence on, the philosophy of religion and ethics. In this component, the emphasis is on the dialogue between religion and the issues studied.

Religious Studies is an exciting and challenging option that will appeal to students who enjoy reflecting critically on theological and ethical issues. There is plenty of scope for open debate and students will learn to form strong written arguments to support their ideas.

How is it assessed?

At the end of the course, students are assessed by two written examination papers.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

GCSE Religious Studies is useful but is not a pre-requisite to studying the A-level. A strong interest in the Humanities and good level of English will furnish students with the skills required for this course.

University or employment prospects?

Many universities offer Religious Studies courses, often combined with Theology or Ethics. Religious Studies furnishes students with excellent powers of communication, both verbally and in writing and powers of critical analysis. This naturally opens many career paths in media, journalism, politics or business, while other possibilities include community development work, youth work, welfare or social work.