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A Level Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Studies

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology

What will you be working towards?

Code 19
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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The new Religious Studies specification provides students with the exciting opportunity to explore the

philosophy of religion and ethics and gain a deeper understanding of world religions. The aim of the course

is to inspire students to engage in topical issues and acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of

major issues that are relevant in the 21st century.

You will have the opportunity to study in-depth religious beliefs, teachings and practices and how this has

shaped social and historical development and created religious identity. You will also look at a broad study

of philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to the use of religious language.

You will study ethical themes ranging from theories of what makes an action right or wrong, to applied

ethical issues like euthanasia and business ethics. The course has three components each worth 33% of

the qualification and each component is assessed by a two-hour written examination. 

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied Religious Studies at GCSE. However, if a student has studied the

subject at GCSE they need to achieve a grade 5 or above in GCSE Religious Studies. Other students

need to have achieved a grade 5 in English.

You need to have the commitment to research and work independently, develop analytical and essay

writing skills, to question and debate having a willingness to participate fully in discussion work. You also

will need a high level of organisation and the ability to prioritise workloads.

Your next steps...

Religious Studies provides excellent training for a variety of careers, such as law, teaching, counselling,

business, journalism, politics, medicine, and the arts. The subject encourages students to become wellinformed and independent thinkers prepared to learn and engage in the world around them. The Russell

Group of top universities has made it clear that Religious Studies A level provides ‘suitable preparation for

University generally’. Courses in Religious Studies also provide excellent preparation simply for living life

in a pluralistic society and global culture.


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