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Religious Studies AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The aim of the course is to offer full-time students the opportunity to gain a national qualification in Religious Studies. We are following the Edexcel specification.

The course includes a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, one to one tutorials, ICT based tasks, practical work, group work, discussions/debates, DVDs, and personal research when preparing for assessment. Also, as part of your course in Religious Studies you will be offered the chance to go on an educational visit to Manchester Buddhist Centre and the Imperial War Museum North.

Course content

Philosophy of Religion
Topics include:
Arguments for God’s existence: Design, Cosmological and Ontological
Religious Experience
Problem of Evil and Suffering
Philosophical Language
Works of Scholars of Religion: Marx and Freud
Life after Death
Religion and Science

Religion and Ethics
Topics include:
Environmental issues and equality
Ethical Theory: Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics and Natural Law
War and Peace and Sexual ethics
Ethical Language
Deontology and Virtue Theory
Medical ethics

Study of Religion: Christianity
Topics include:
Religious beliefs, values and teachings
Practices that shape and express religious identity
Sources of Wisdom and Authority
Social and Historical developments
Textual Study and Religion and Society

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.


Students will sit a progression exam at the end of the first year (A1) which will determine whether they pass into the second year considered in combination with their promonitor assessment grades throughout the year. Then the course will be assessed at the end of the two years with three exams lasting 2 hours with each worth 33.33%.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

Future opportunities

When you have gained your A Level in Religious Studies you can use it to progress into Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in Religious Studies both locally and further afield. The department has sent students to Oxford, Sheffield, Manchester, St. Andrews, Liverpool, Wolverhampton and Keele. Religious Studies can be combined with many other subjects, for example Sociology and Philosophy or Law. The sorts of jobs Religious Studies graduates go on to do are wide ranging including teaching, research, journalism, marketing, business and many more.

Further information

Studying Religious Studies provides an excellent general qualification for many careers. You will be able to use it to progress to Higher Education. Universities recognise the depth of study and critical concepts analysis that A Level Religious Studies develops. These are cross transferable skills that correlate well with a variety of subjects of study and professional skills. In addition many employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that Religious Studies students will have gained during their studies.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Anthony Collins, Head of Religious Studies at NULC using the following details. Email:


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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