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PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


The aim of Religious Studies at advanced GCE level is to enable candidates to:

• Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion.

• Develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion. • Use an enquiring, critical and empathetic approach to the study of religion.

The course is designed to enable the student to engage with some key religious issues through ultimate questions and by the very nature of the subject there are opportunities for candidates to develop their understanding of spiritual, cultural, moral and social issues while making connections between their studies and the wider aspects of human experience.

Opportunities are also provided for the development of Key Skills, particularly in Communication.

Course content


Advanced Religious Studies is a 2 year course culminating in an A Level award at the end of year 13.

In Year 12 and 13 all students must complete the following three key areas of study: 1. Philosophy of Religion. 2. Christianity 3. Ethics theory and the applied Ethics.

Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 13.

Each component examination is 2 hours.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 40+. You MUST have at least a grade B in RS and a 5 in English Language

Future opportunities


  • Gain entry to university for most courses.
  • Enter a variety of careers including journalism, banking, teaching, law, civil service, business management, social work, police.

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: 09 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September