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Religious Studies A Level Linear at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Course description

Don’t let the word ‘Religious’ put you off. This is a fascinating Philosophy, theology and ethics course which focuses on some of the biggest questions that human beings can ask: is there a God? Where did the universe come from? Should there be rules about sex? Are all faiths equally true? You don’t have to be religious to realise that those questions are very important.

Course content

Topics you will study:

  • Philosophy of Religion

    What did the Ancient Greeks believe about God and the World? Do we have souls? What are the arguments for and against God's existence? If God exists, why is there evil? Are religious experiences real or psychological?

  • Ethics

    Is happiness or doing your duty the best way of solving moral dilemmas? How should businesses behave? Is Religious Ethics about purpose or love? Could euthanasia be a good thing? What is the conscience? How should we approach issues in sexual ethics?

  • Christian Theology

    What is wrong with humans and can it be fixed? What happens when we die? Can God be known and if so how? Who was Jesus? Is Christianity sexist? Do all faiths lead to truth?

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs grade A-C, preferably including Maths and English. This is a guideline rather than a requirement and the college will create a programme most suitable for you as an individual.


Awarding Body: OCR

Assessment: Exam 100%

Results 2016: 96%

Financial information

This course is free to students aged 16-19 years old

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is about people and their questions. It looks at issues and the responses people give. Religious Studies is a popular A Level both in College and nationally. Religious Studies is one of our fastest growing courses with almost 90 students enrolled across College. It develops skills such as argument analysis, communication and allows students to understand and respect others. A qualification in this subject is valuable. We have former students beginning careers in biomedicine, law and teaching to mention just three. This subject is a great preparation for any career where you come across people and their ideas.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Careers Personal Adviser in school or speak to your teachers. Attend a college Open Evening and chat to our teaching staff, college careers staff and Liaison Team

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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    • The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, in the centre of the City and the North Staffordshire conurbation, is an ideal place to study. It has a reputation for high levels of academic achievement and individual support for students. We are able to offer students a very wide range of courses, excellent facilities, and access to university standard science laboratories.

      There are excellent transport links to the college by bus, train, cycle path or car.

      The college has been designed to give you a learning and social environment in which you can create your future. Whether you want a quiet place to complete your coursework, a studio to practise your dance routine, or a social space to grab a bite to eat there’s a space for you!


      Designed to meet the needs of a modern day students, our learning resource centres give you reliable access to computers and printers. Located next to the teaching staff base, the LRC are the perfect place to complete your work. The ground floor LRC is open until late throughout the week ensuring you meet deadlines.


      Do you need peace and quiet to complete your work? Then the quiet study area is ideal. With plenty of desks and access to computers there’s no better place to focus on your studies.


      The most unique feature in our building is the three learning pods. These are individual break-out spaces from the LRC, available for use by all students. Work alongside your peers or carry out research with access to new technology such as tablets, Macs and high speed wireless internet connection. Each Learning Pod has its own identity.


      Technology is vital within the learning environment and at the college we have introduced innovative technology to keep you ahead of the curve:

      • Keep up to date with course information and upcoming college events in college and at home with access to the college MY.SFC site.

      • The latest PCs, Macs and tablet devices.

      • All teachers have iPads to enable them to support and track your progress and attendance.

      • Cashless Community – quickly and easily purchase bus tickets, food and more using your ID card, which can be reloaded at smart stations around the building.


      Connect your mobile devices to our high speed wireless network so you can access the internet throughout the building on your own portable equipment.

      REFECTORY & ROEBUCK CAFE Grab a bite to eat and catch up with your friends at one of our catering facilities. They cater for students looking for a fresh and healthy lunch whilst others can choose from a range of hot foods including the sharing option specifically designed for you to tuck into with your friends. Sit back and relax with friends during break and lunch times in our very own Costa Coffee situated in the Roebuck Café selling newspapers, magazines, pick ‘n’ mix and lots of ‘grab and go’ offers. There really is something for everyone!

      CREATIVE & PERFORMANCE FACILITIES Are you destined to be on stage? Interested in the film and television industry? Our state-of-the-art creative and performance courses feature the following first class facilities to help you reach your dream: drama studio, dance studio, media editing facility, production workshop, music practice and recording rooms.