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Religious Studies - AS/A2 (Level 3) at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

Religious Studies is a popular a- level course that builds upon, but is not dependent on, knowledge gained at GCSE level.  Topics include the Study of Ethics where students look at the link between religion and moral choices, the structure of different ethical principles and whether they are useful when making moral decisions.  The other theme of the course is the Philosophy of Religion where students explore the rationale for believing that God exists and analyse arguments put forward by scholars and philosophers.

At Thornleigh we are awaiting the specification changes for A Level before we decide which exam board to use in 2016.

Course content

At AS level the topics are likely to iclude the study of Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion.  This will include the critiques of links between religion and morality, utilitarianism, situation ethics, the Design argument for the existence of God and the problems associated with evil and suffering.

At A2 the topics remain as Ethics and Philosophy but the areas change into deeper theological and philosophical areas such as the Ethical language, Justice, law and punishment and the Ontological argument for the existence of God.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE.


Assessment methods are dependent on examination board review and these are not available at present.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a popular subject with many successful students taking a direct route into primary or secondary teaching.  There are also clear links with medicine and Law and the subject provides a great basis for caring professions such as nursing or social work.  Employers and education providers will always value a subject that makes you think analytically, makes you question your understanding of morality and improves your understanding of the bigger life questions.  We are sure you will enjoy RS at Thornleigh 6th form.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

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: 16 May 2016
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