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Religious Studies A and AS Level *Fees Payable* at DLD College

Course description

RS is a wide-ranging, academic discipline and one of the fastest growing subjects in UK schools. An understanding of issues central to Religious Studies is of great value in making sense of today’s world, indeed of human life as a whole. The subject will appeal to students who enjoy the analysis and discussion of many of life’s fundamental questions, or who want to understand the convictions of others, as well as examining their own beliefs and values.

Course content

The AQA A-level Religious Studies syllabus is studied over two years. Students may also choose to study for an AS qualification in one year. The course is taught class discussion, study of textual extracts and relevant video materials. Homework tasks include writing essays, evaluating textbook chapters and revising for class tests.

Entry requirements

You need to have a genuine interest in this subject. You should also have the ability to discuss and reflect upon a wide variety of ideas and opinions in a thoughtful and broad-minded way. Given this, you are likely to enjoy the course and gain much benefit from it.


To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study, students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall, must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.


AS Religious Studies

Christianity and Philosophy of Religion 1

Weighting: 25%   Format: 1 hour 45 minutes exam


Christianity and Ethics 1

Weighting: 25%   Format: 1 hour 45 minutes exam


A-level Religious Studies

Christianity and Philosophy of Religion 2

Weighting: 25%   Format: 3 hour exam


Christianity and Ethics 2

Weighting: 25%   Format: 3 hour exam

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.

Further information


Due to its wide-ranging nature, Religious Studies has connections with many other A level courses. For example, the following topics that we study illustrate these links:

English Literature: considering varying interpretations of the Genesis creation story; the nature of William Wordsworth’s mysticism; virtue and vice in Dante’s Divine Comedy

Psychology: the religious thinking of Freud and Jung; psychological understandings of religious experience, morality and evil; near-death and paranormal experience

Sociology: the religious thought of Marx; secularisation; fundamentalism

Politics: Liberal and conservative religious perspectives; utilitarianism; utopianism; human rights

History: history of philosophy; history of ideas; the Enlightenment; Nazism and Communism

Science: Big Bang and evolutionary theories; medical ethics; Social Darwinism; Quantum theory; nanotechnology; futurism: environmentalism; global issues, e.g. threats to civilization

Geography: environmentalism; global issues, e.g. threats to civilization


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact DLD College directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016
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