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Religious Studies A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Course Content

AS Level:

Philosophy of Religion:

Ancient philosophical influences; arguments about the existence or non-existence of God; the nature and impact of religious experience; the problem of evil; the possibility of life after death.

Religion and Ethics:

Normative ethical theories; the application of ethical theory to Sex and Sexuality in the 21st century and Euthanasia; ethical language and thought.

Study of one world religion:

Religious beliefs, values and teachings; sources of wisdom and religious authority; practices which shape and express religious identity. 


A Level:

In the second year the following topics are studied:

Philosophy of Religion:

Ideas about the nature of God; issues in religious language.

Religion and Ethics:

Debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will; the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious belief.

Study of one world religion:

Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought. Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society such as social activism and conflict. 

Entry requirements

At least Grade C in GCSE English or English Language. A GCSE in RS is desirable but not essential. 

Student Attributes:

• Good written communication skills.

• The ability to engage in written and/or verbal debate.

• Be interested in issues of global significance.

• Good organisational skills. 


AS Level:

• Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion (1 hour).

• Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics (1 hour).

• Paper 3 – Study of one world religion (1 hour).


A Level:

• Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion (2 hours).

• Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics (2 hours).

• Paper 3 – Study of one world religion (2 hours).

Future opportunities

The skills students acquire can be useful for a broad range of professions and degree courses. Past students have gone on to study at many of the top universities or to use their knowledge in a variety of jobs from Finance/Banking through to the Police Service, Law, the Armed Forces and Journalism. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson Thomlinson School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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