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Religious Studies Edexcel A Level at St Bernard's High School

Course description

The course covers three areas:

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

  • Philosophical issues.
  • Nature and influence of religious experience.
  • Problems of evil and suffering.
  • Philosophical language.
  • Works of scholars.
  • Influences of development.

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics

  • Significant concepts in issues and debates.
  • Study of three ethical theories.
  • Application of ethical theories.
  • Ethical language.
  • Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars.
  • Medical ethics

Paper 3: New Testament Studies

  • Contexts of the New Testament.
  • Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus.
  • Interpreting the text and the purpose and authorship.
  • Ways of interpreting the scripture.
  • Texts and interpretation.
  • Scientific and historical-critical challenge

Entry requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE Religious Education and Point 6 in English Language.


An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections.

Students answer all questions in Section A and Section B, and one question in Section C.

  • Section A: Two structured questions.
  • Section B: Two extended-response questions on an excerpt, sourced from the extracts list. These are published in the relevant pages of the A Level Religious Studies Anthology which can be downloaded from the Pearson qualifications website. 
  • Section C: One extended essay question. All exams are two hours.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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