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Religious Studies A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

Religious Studies is an exciting and challenging subject. The focus of the course is philosophy and ethics, examining and evaluating how scholars have argued for and against the existence of God/ultimate reality and the study of ethical theories.

The content of the course encourages students to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their own learning. If you have an interest in religious ideas, cultural issues and historical events this course will appeal to you.


Course content

Year 12

Philosophy of Religion - arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, gods or ultimate reality. Challenges to religious belief such as the problems of evil and suffering. Ethics - Theories of ethics and moral behaviour, application of theory to ethical issues and ethical language.

Year 13

Philosophy of Religion. Comparisons between the ideas of different scholars and developments in the way these ideas are applied to issues of religion and belief.

Entry requirements

Level 5 English Language


The Year 12 course is assessed through 2 written exams, each one lasting 1¼ hours. In each of the 2 units, you must answer 2 structured questions, from a choice of 4.


The Year 13 course is also assessed through 2 written exams each one lasting 1½ hours, in unit 3 you must answer 2 structured essay questions in unit 4 one extended essay.


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies will give you access to a range of career and higher educational opportunities. The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills which include collecting, synthesising and interpreting information from a variety of sources. These skills are in great demand and can help you take advantage of many employment opportunities.

Further information

What skills do I need?
Although the course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that you may have developed through the study of GCSE Religious Studies, the course does not assume or require that you have previously studied the subject.


  • Good analysis skills
  • Independent thought and a questioning mind
  • Evaluation skills


How will I be taught?
Religious Studies lessons contain a range of learning activities to support your progress in this subject. These include discussion of scholars’ ideas, group research tasks, individual reading and essay planning activities.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline Y12 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Y13 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each

What materials will I need to purchase?

Examining Board

Religious Studies is for you if: You enjoy learning new philosophical theories to explain our existence and are comfortable writing long essay type answers to exam questions.

Religious Studies is not for you if: You don’t like any of the above and/or you believe it is the same as studying the subject at GCSE.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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