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Religious Studies A Level at St Olave's Grammar School

Course description

A-Level Religious Studies offers the chance to grapple with the thoughts of some of the most influential thinkers in human history.  The works of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein et al continue to challenge and provoke to this day.  Their quest to understand what it means to be human and to live well continues to speak to the heart of the human experience.  Likewise the Bible, as well as being a book of faith that is familiar to many, offers a depth of theology to surprise and satisfy even the most dedicated scholar.

Course content

  1. Philosophy of Religion
  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Soul, mind and body
  • Consciousness
  • Life after death
  • Religious experience
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Religion and science
  • The problem of evil
  • The nature of God
  • Religious language
  • Twentieth century developments
  1. ) Religious Ethics
  • Natural Law
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Situation Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Religious Ethics
  • Egoism
  • Meta-ethics
  • Euthanasia
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Free will
  • Conscience
  1. Developments in Christian Thought
  • Human nature
  • The self and immortality
  • Knowledge and revelation of God
  • The Bible
  • Jesus
  • Secularism
  • Pluralism
  • Gender


Entry requirements

At least Grade 7 in GCSE English (either English Language or Literature accepted) is required by students wishing to study A-Level Religious Studies.


AS Level

Philosophy of Religion: Examination 1 hr – Two essays Religious Ethics: Examination 1 hr  – Two essays Developments in Christian Thought: Examination 1 hr  – Two essays   A-Level   Philosophy of Religion: Examination 2 hrs – Three essays Religious Ethics: Examination 2 hrs – Three essays Developments in Christian Thought: Examination 2 hrs - Three essays

Future opportunities

  • Lawyer
  • Civil Servant
  • Teacher
  • Minister
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Journalist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Olave's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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