Why study Religious Studies?

Right now, everyone has something to say about religion. Religious Studies helps make sense of it. With religion and religious issues frequently topping the news agenda, Religious Studies has never been more relevant, engaging and challenging. Religious Studies helps students with their own personal development, supporting engagement with the spiritual, moral and social questions that will surface again and again in their lives and communities.

Exam Board:


Course Outline:

There are three components to the A level, all equally weighted:

Component 1: Christianity

Component 2: Philosophy

Component 3: Ethics

There are four themes within each component:

Component 1: religious figures/texts; religious concepts/life; social & historical developments; religious practices and identity

Component 2: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language

Component 3: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

How you are assessed?

Each component is examined by a two hour examination during which two questions will be attempted. Each component exam is worth a third of the overall A level.

The weighting between the assessment objectives is always:

AO1 (Knowledge and understanding) 40%; AO2 (Analysis and evaluation) 60%.

Studying this subject could lead to a career in:

Medical Ethics


Social affairs



Subject requirements:

GCSE RS recommended.

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