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Religious Studies A Level at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Course description

What does the course consist of?

The linear nature of the course means that the material is cumulative over the two years.

Year 12 and 13

The course will consist of a systematic study of human thought concerning the existence of a divine being, starting with the influences of the ancient Greeks. A study of the practices and traditions that arise from this belief is included. The course also examines the normative ethical theories, both religious and non-religious, and then applies these theories to real life issues.



Entry requirements

What entry requirements do I need?

Grade 6 in RS at GCSE level or, if RS has not been studied at GCSE, a Grade 6 in English Literature or a Grade 6 in History. If you have not taken RS at GCSE level then some subject specific summer reading is essential which will be recommended by the teacher. 

If a subject is oversubscribed preference will be given to those who have Grade 7.

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How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed by exam only. 

There is no coursework.

Students will sit 3 x 2hr papers at the end of Year 13.




Future opportunities

What could this course lead me to?

This is an excellent A Level to study for many different types of degree course because of the strong evaluative and analytical skills that are necessary.  The evaluative nature of the course lends itself to PPE and other Humanities, whereas the analytical side does so towards Maths.   The ethical element will benefit those interested in legal and medical profession.



Further information

What other subjects does this course work well with?

The course work wells with a number of different disciplines of study because of the strong analytical and evaluative skills necessary.  The subject matter combines well with Psychology and Classical Civilisation.  The evaluative skills developed are common to subjects including English, History and Government & Politics.  The analytical skills work well with Maths and other quantitative skills-based courses.

Additional Information:

‘Reading is how we update the software in our brains.’

Reading is essential to exam success. As what we cover in class is about the world in which we live, even reading a newspaper will help!

Why should you study this subject?

“Because the key to life is not knowing the right answers but knowing the right questions.”  (Curriculum Leader)

Why is this subject enjoyable to study?

“A very fulfilling yet demanding course that covers a large quantity of relevant topics that are important to consider at some point in your life.” (Sixth Form Student)




How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years