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Religious Studies AS/A Level at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

What will I learn?

Students who choose Religious Studies AS will study two modules, namely ‘Religion and Ethics’ and ‘Philosophy of Religion’ and then if following on to A level will continue with the Religion and Ethics module. The course will offer a broad and modern area of study such as the Existence of God, Evil and Suffering, Sexual Ethics, War and Peace, Abortion, Euthanasia and Life after Death.

How will I learn?

There will be an emphasis on promoting knowledge, understanding and evaluation skills through discussion lessons and visual aids such as video/DVD and the Internet.

Entry requirements

Even though a GCSE qualification would be beneficial, it is not essential. Also, participants can follow the course with or without any religious beliefs.


In AS, two 1¼ hour exams will be held, one on each module studied where a total of two questions out of four will be answered. The first exam on the first module will be held in January with the second exam on the second module held in June. Then in A level, two 1¾ hour exams are held, one on the Ethics module and the other on the Synoptic module, where the student will be given a question in January and then will have to prepare for the exam in June.

Future opportunities

AS is a qualification in itself, however if the student wishes to follow a full A level course, the AS marks will count for 50% of the total. If the candidate continues to Further Education, then it would be possible to study the subject in numerous universities.

Job Ideas!

A qualification in RS can lead to many different occupations, especially those involving working with people, e.g. social work, nursing, police, teaching, personnel management and a wide range of other jobs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Brynrefail directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years