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Religious Studies AS/A2 at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

Are you interested in expressing your own views?  Can you argue your religious viewpoint?  Are you willing to think about the challenge of new ideas?  Have you questioned the meaning of life?  If so, A level Religious Studies is for you.

AQA Religious Studies at A Level encourages candidates to:

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world
  • treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Course content

AS Units 1 and 2

Unit G: New Testament

  • How the synoptic gospels came into being
  • Aspects of Jesus’ teaching and action, parables and healings
  • The arrest, trial and death of Jesus
  • The resurrection of Jesus

Unit K: Christianity

  • Some beliefs about God: Trinity and salvation
  • Christian scriptures: nature and purpose
  • Aspects of Christian worship
  • A Christian way of life; initiation, marriage and death

A2 Units 3 and 4

Unit 3E: New Testament: John’s Gospel

  • The context of John’s Gospel
  • The nature, role and purpose of the discourses in John’s Gospel
  • The nature, role and purpose of signs in John’s Gospel
  • The nature, role and purpose of the passion and resurrection narratives

Unit 4C: Ways of reading and understanding Scripture

  • Issues of status and translation
  • The use and status of scriptures in the religion
  • Teaching arising from the scriptures
  • Approaches to the study of the scriptures.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement for sixth form is 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and usually Maths.  Further information available in our school prospectus.  This is on our website:

Specific entry requirement for this subject - C grade or above in GCSE RE and C grade in GCSE English

Future opportunities

It makes a good basis for any degree course and also complements other A level courses such as English, Music, Sociology and History, and adds a challenging breadth to Science based subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

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