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Religious Studies AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

Religious Studies will appeal to students who like to debate to a deep level many of the controversial issues facing society today.  It increases awareness of the diverse viewpoints and different ways of living that exist in the 21st Century.  Please also see the ‘careers opportunities’ section below.


Course content

You will explore a range of religions and important ethical issues facing modern societies:

  • The value and nature of human life, from religious and non-religious perspectives
  • Issues of life and death
  • How we make important moral decisions
  • Questions about freedom and choice
  • Sexual behaviour, marriage, divorce, civil partnerships and celibacy
  • Islamic beliefs and practices
  • Christian beliefs and practices

You will also consider questions about the destiny of human beings:

  • Beliefs about what happens when life on earth comes to an end
  • Buddhist, Christian and Muslim beliefs about the afterlife
  • Secular beliefs about life after death
  • Beliefs about the End Times: Eschatological and apocalyptic teaching

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


You are assessed through two written examinations in each year – there is no coursework.

Future opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas trip (previously Morocco, New York, Italy and Poland), a residential visit to a Buddhist monastery and various day trips, for example to places of worship in London.  There will also be a number of guest speakers representing different religious and non-religious viewpoints.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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