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Religious Studies A Level at Lawnswood School

Course description

Religious Studies A level encourages students to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world.  Teaching and learning encourages students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.  Students also reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning. The course is taught primarily through class discussion, study of textual extracts and relevant video materials.

Course content

A level RS includes a unit on Religion and Ethics comprising of Utilitarianism, situation ethics, religious teachings on the value of human life, euthanasia and abortion.

A unit on the philosophy of religion looks at the cosmological argument, religious experience, psychology and religion, as well as atheism and postmodernism.

Entry requirements

Grade C+ GCSE English

Future opportunities

The academic nature of Religious Studies and its emphasis on essay writing and critical thinking skills mean that is provides an ideal preparation for future study at university. An A level qualification in Religious Studies is highly regarded by universities when considering student applications. Issues relating to religion are of increasing significance and relevance in today's society, and a grounding in religious ideas, as well as the skills developed in Religious Studies, would be of great value in many professions, including the media, the arts, psychology and law.


The specification for the course is currently under review by Ofqual and the various exam boards and as such we cannot confirm that this content will exactly match the course being offered in September 2016 but there will certainly be overlaps with this course.  The supporting info offered above will still be applicable but the exact content cannot be confirmed until December 2015.  If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Roberts, Subject Leader and KS5 teacher –

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 November 2015
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