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AS/A RELIGIOUS STUDIES at Peter Symonds College

Course description

At AS level, the following topics will be covered:

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Greek influences on the Philosophy of religion.
  • The Attributes of God.
  • The Ontological Argument.
  • The Cosmological Argument.
  • The Moral Argument.
  • The Problem of Evil.
  • Religion and Science.


  • The Origins of Buddhism/Life & Background of the Buddha.
  • Origins of the Sangha
  • The Early Spread of Buddhism
  • Key Buddhist Themes: Karma, Nirvana, The Three Fires, The Three Refuges, The Four Noble Truths.
  • Mahayana Buddhism and the Bodhisattva

Entry requirements

Five GCSE’s at C or above, which must include English language and preferably a Humanities subject. Religious Studies at GCSE level is not essential, but will be an advantage. If Religious Studies has been taken at GCSE, a C grade or above is necessary.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1/2 years