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Religious Studies at Formby High School

Course description

Religious Studies is a thought - provoking and challenging course focusing on Philosophy, Ethics and a study of the beliefs, teachings and practices of one world religion. It is a highly respected academic qualification, developing skills of reasoning, critical evaluation and abstract thinking and sharpening your ability to read for information, write structured essays and construct eff ective arguments.

You will learn about and reflect upon the big ideas of some of the greatest thinkers in human history through a rigorous study involving a range of activities which will prepare you well for university, whatever you go on to study.

Course content

You will study towards the Eduqas WJEC A Level in Religious Studies. There are three areas of study. Philosophy of Religion includes elements such as arguments for the existence of God, challenges to religious belief, the nature of miracles and how language is used in religious philosophy.

You will engage with the big ideas and find out what different scholars think about how convincing they are. Ethical Philosophy involves the analysis of various methods that scholars have proposed for determining what is right or good, such as whether it is following the rules or doing what is best that matters most, together with theories such as Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism and Natural Law.

You will also explore moral issues such as sexual ethics, animal experimentation, immigration and capital punishment as well as considering the question of whether we are truly free. The world religion you will study is Buddhism . You will explore the core teachings and beliefs of Buddhism and the ways in which those beliefs influence the practices and lives of believers as well as the social and historical development of the religion and the work of scholars on the subject.


Entry requirements

B grade in Religious Studies (short or full course) and grade 5 in GCSE English Language or English Literature. If you have not studied Religious Studies before, a B grade in another Humanity subject, such as History or Geography, will be considered.


You will sit a separate, 2 hour examination in each of the three areas of the course. In each examination you will be asked to choose two essay questions from a total of five.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a useful qualification for anyone thinking of a career or profession where your decisions will affect the lives of others. Apart from Philosophy and Theology, former students have gone on to study subjects such as Anthropology, Art, Business Studies, English, Forensic Sciences, History, IT, Law, Medicine, Journalism, Nursing, Teaching, Town Planning and Youth Work. Others have pursued careers such as the Police Service, Human Resources and Retail Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Formby High School directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September