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Religious Studies A Level at Preston Manor School

Course description

This course offers an introduction to the main ideas and issues in philosophy of religion, religious ethics, and developments in religious thought. It is suitable for students who enjoy considering new ideas, and are keen to explore different theories, beliefs and opinions. Students are introduced to various academic approaches to issues in philosophy, ethics and religion, using the views of a range of scholars, and making reference to sources of wisdom and authority.

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion

This will focus on the study of some important ideas from Christian philosophers, and the challenges made by agnostic / atheist philosophers. This will include: arguments which try to prove the existence of God; religious experiences; the problem of evil; the nature of God; issues with the use of different types of language to communicate beliefs about God.

Component 2: Religion and Ethics

This will focus on ethical theories and ideas, including secular approaches, as well as ideas that have been influenced by Christianity. We will analyse and evaluate ethical theories which aim to provide moral guidance, and also study practical ethics issues, eg euthanasia; business ethics. We will consider different religious and secular understandings of the conscience and its role in moral decision making.

Component 3: Developments in Religious Thought

This will include the academic study of different beliefs, teachings, and practices within Islam, including: the importance of prophecy and revelation; the reasons for different traditions within Islam (eg Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi); different Islamic approaches to social issues eg gender equality, justice and multiculturalism.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language Grade 5 or above, and GCSE Grade B or above in a written subject. You will be considered with GCSE English Language Grade 4 if you also have GCSE RS at grade B or above.


Each component is assessed by a two hour exam, in which students write three essays. Each component is worth one third of the final grade.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies helps students to develop a number of useful transferable skills, including logical reasoning, use of evidence, analysis, verbal and written communication, and evaluation. This course is a useful preparation for a range of subjects, including philosophy, law, medicine, the humanities and social sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years