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Religious Studies AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 onwards. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


Philosophy of Religion (looking at some of the greatest minds in history, from Plato to Descartes, considering a range of topics and arguments)

Ethics (looking at ethical theories and how they can be applied to ethical topics such as euthanasia and sexuality in the twenty-first century)

Development in religious thought (looking at a more religious approach to topics such as the purpose of life and the self and immortality)


Philosophy of Religion (adding to the AS material by studying topics such as language and which claims or arguments could be considered meaningful)

Ethics (adding to the AS material by studying topics such as conscience and how much freedom we actually have in our ethical decisions)

Development in religious thought (adding to the AS material by studying topics such as gender in society and the challenge of secularism)

Debate and discussion

Investigative research

Multi-media presentations

Reading primary texts / text books independently


Entry requirements


  • The ability to think about the bigger picture
  • The ability to delve deep into topics and arguments
  • The ability to grasp a range of contrasting viewpoints
  • The ability to make up your own mind about things
  • The ability to argue your view persuasively
  • The ability to construct in-depth written arguments


AS: Examination Only (3 papers, each one hour long with students choosing to answer two of four question options)

A2: Examination Only (3 papers each two hours long with students choosing to answer three of five question options)

Future opportunities

This course opens up a range of options in education beyond secondary school; it has also been found to
compliment other course choices with many students
interviewed for medicine finding interviewers interested in their ethical studies

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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