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Theology & Religious Studies AS Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

Students who have achieved a C or above in English will study for an A.S. in Religious Studies over two years (Year 12 and Year 13).

This course gives students the opportunity to explore the ethical and philosophical aspects of the Christian religion, deepening their understanding of Christian faith and belief and the strengths and weaknesses of philosophical and ethical beliefs.

The course is open to candidates of any religious persuasion and is not concerned with assessing the personal beliefs of students. It does however, seek to assess candidates’ grasp of religious, philosophical and moral issues arising from Christian scholarship.

This course will suit those who enjoy discussion and debate and are willing to back up their opinions by further reading and reflection. A readiness to listen to diverse viewpoints and an enquiring mind are essential qualities.

Importantly, this course will assist in gaining vital UCAS points that will aid University applications.

Course content

The AS consists of two units:

  • Foundation Unit - including Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics (external exam) TO BE SAT IN YEAR 12 
  • Investigation Unit - Medical Ethics (external exam) TO BE SAT IN YEAR 13

Topics in the Study of Philosophy of Religion include:

  • A study of philosophical arguments of the existence of God including the Cosmological and Design Argument
  • A study of the problem of evil and suffering

Topics in the Study of Religious Ethics include:

  • A study of ethical theories including, Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a C grade in English



AS consists of one units in Year 12

  • Foundation Unit – including Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics (external exam)

Unit 1 Study of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics

Written Exam Paper

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a highly academic subject that is respected widely by employers and Universities. This is mainly due to the skills that are developed in studying Religious Studies: analytical thinking, evaluative reasoning, the ability to critique arguments and concepts, synthesis of information.

Students who have studied Religious Studies have moved onto a variety of careers including:

  • Teaching
  • Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Social work
  • Law
  • Religious vocation
  • Academia
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting

Students who have taken Religious Studies have gone onto degrees in theology, philosophy, psychology, law, politics, economics and many other social sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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