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Religious Studies A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

AS Level
In the Philosophy of Religion unit, students will explore ancient philosophical influences; the nature of the soul, mind and body; arguments about the existence or non‐existence of God; the nature and impact of religious experience; and the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil. In the Religion and Ethics unit, students will explore the Christian ethical theories, Natural Law and Situation Ethics, and the non‐Christian ethical theories, Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism; students will also apply these theories to the issue of euthanasia and to business ethics. In the Developments in Christian Thought unit, students will examine religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world; sources of religious wisdom and
authority; and practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition.
A Level
At A2 students build on their understanding of the topics studied at AS. In addition, in the Philosophy unit they explore further ideas about the nature of God and issues in religious language. In the Ethics unit, students study ethical language and thought; debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience; and sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs. Finally, in the Developments in Christian Thought unit, students examine significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought; and key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

Course content

Unit 1
Philosophy of Religion
Unit 2
Religion and Ethics
Unit 3
Developments in Christian Thought

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 6 is preferable. Grade 5 will be considered individually.
GCSE Mathematics: Grade 4 needed
Where students have studied Philosophy and Ethics to GCSE level, they should achieve a Grade A but must achieve a grade B as a minimum requirement. An equivalent subject grade may be acceptable for students who have not studied Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE via negotiation with the humanities department.


The ability to discuss and debate will be crucial, as will literary and research skills. Students will be expected to deliver group presentations from time to time.

Future opportunities

The critical thinking skills that are developed by this subject will prove useful in most career paths. The Russell Group of top universities has made it clear that Religious Studies A level provides ‘suitable preparation for University generally’ and Employers like the fact that A Level RS students are well informed about different world views and are able to offer a balanced and open minded approach in the work place. Former A Level RS students have successfully entered a range of professions including: Banking, Civil Service, Education, Law and Medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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