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Religious Studies A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

Throughout human history religions, of one form or another, have played, and continue to play, a central role in literally billions of people’s lives. This course covers all the world’s major faiths and considers the future of religion, in an increasingly scientific and arguably secular age. Choosing Religious Studies will give students a much better understanding of themselves and the society in which we live.

You don’t have to be religious to study RS; in fact you may enjoy it just as much if you are an agnostic or atheist. It is a subject where you will be challenged to answer some of the issues and questions which people have tried to answer for centuries and will involve looking at the behaviour of human’s right up to the 21st century. Some key questions are; does God exist? Who teaches us right from wrong? Do I have to be religious to be a good person? What happens when we die?

Religious Studies will include philosophy and ethics, lots of discussion and writing based activities with everyone being given the opportunity to voice their opinions. You need to be committed, open minded, respectful yet interested in other people’s ideas and viewpoints.

Course content

This course is a mixture of Philosophy, Ethics and study of a religion.

Course units include:

  • Various arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges to religious belief from psychology and sociology
  • A study of the language that religious people use
  • Ethical approaches to decision making such as situation ethics, war and peace and problems of evil and suffering.
  • The course will be split into three equal components including religion and philosophy, ethics and the study of a religion in detail.
  • There are 3 exams and no coursework.
  • Exams are split into both shorter and essay style questions.
  • The written exams will test your skills of interpretation of theory, texts and essay writing.
  • The religion being studied as part of the course is likely to be Islam.  

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a B grade or above in GCSE English Language.


Religious Studies provides the opportunity to study theories of what is right and wrong, and discover the kind of person you really are as these theories are applied to contemporary ethical issues. The subject has a wide crossover appeal to anybody who is interested in other arts subjects, as discussions about business, sex, the environment and medical ethics will feature throughout the course, supplemented by relevant film and reading material. If you have ideas about any or all of these subjects, bring them to class and expand your thinking. 

Future opportunities

Religious Studies can open up a wide range of career, not only in the religious sector. The subject is useful for anynone who want to work with people in some form. Examples include

  • Primary and Secondary teaching
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Further education lecturer
  • Advice worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Law
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Social action worker

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

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: 02 October 2015
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