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Religious Studies A Level at Malbank School and Sixth form College

Course description

Religious Studies at Malbank Sixth Form is an established course that is rapidly growing in popularity, taught by experienced, committed and specialist teachers. It has a track record of great results and achievements and past and current students are going on to a variety of universities in order to study a variety of different courses, from Dance to Theology to Education. The course is primarily concerned with topics key to human existence and is equally compelling for those coming from an agnostic, atheist or faith background. All of the units address topics such as the human quest for meaning, truth and ultimate values and human experience of transcendence, awe, wonder and mystery.How is the course structured?

Course content


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Religion in Contemporary Society-1¼ hour written paper (Jan/June)
  • Unit 2: Introduction to Eastern Religions-1¼ hour written paper (June)


  • Unit 3: Studies in Religion and Contemporary Society-
1¾ hour written paper (June)
  • Unit 4: Studies in Religion and 
Human Experience-1¾ hour written paper (June) on a pre-released topic(Jan)

Entry requirements

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A Level have had some previous experience at GCSE level with at least a core (short course) GCSE pass at C grade. It is not an essential requirement as a good pass in English and a commitment to the subject will allow the subject specialist teachers to help you to fulfil your potential at AS and A2 level. A good A2L is essential.

Future opportunities

Last year Religious Studies had a 100% pass rate and all of those who wanted to go on to further education secured a place at university. It's a subject that is growing in popularity nationally as well as at Malbank, and is recognised by all universities as a rigorous academic subject that requires commitment and a wide range of key skills. The focus on independent thinking makes it especially appealing to demanding university courses. Employers are also increasingly not only recognising Religious Studies as an academic qualification, but also as an indicator of ability to think in depth to consider and articulate responses to the question of the human condition. As a result, it is an excellent qualification to consider if you intend to work in Law, the Armed Forces, Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, Diplomacy, and Civil Service, the Police or any kind of career that involves dealing with people. In short, it is an excellent subject to take, whatever your intended career path as it equips you with excellent thinking skills as well as an enhanced understanding of the varieties of religious belief.

Further information

The Religious Studies and History department work together to bring selected students the chance to become accredited peer-educators on the subject of the Holocaust. Through The Holocaust Education Trust, these students have the opportunity to visit Auschwitz and various other places of historical significance in Poland. As well as attending training on how to lead meaningful and reflective education to their peers, this visit significantly develops their own understanding of one of humanity's most shameful moments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malbank School and Sixth form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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