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Religious Studies AS & A Level at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

AS and A level Religious Studies helps to students develop their understanding of religion and belief including religious, philosophical and/or ethical thought and teachings. It also helps students to understand the influence of beliefs, teachings and practices on individuals, communities and societies. Students will also analyse the cause and significance of similarities and differences in belief, teaching and practice and the different approaches to the study of religion and belief . Students will be encouraged to deal with controversial ideas about beliefs and values and to have the confidence in their ability to express their own beliefs and values supported by reasoned argument and evidence. They will focus on exploring common ground and controversy in dealing with issues that arise in morality and religion and on using the writings of key scholars to explore differing viewpoints about the development of ideas.

Course content

Year 1 Religious Studies

Students will study three different topics:


  • Religion and Ethics
    Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance.
  • New Testament Studies  
    Social, historical and religious context of the New Testament; Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus; Interpreting the text and issues of relationship, purpose and authorship.
  • Study of Religion (Islam) 
    Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity.

Year 2 Religious Studies

  • Religion and Ethics 
    Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.
  • New Testament Studies
    Ways of interpreting the scripture; Texts and interpretation: the Kingdom of God, conflict, the death and resurrection of Jesus; Scientific and historical critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars. 
  • Study of Religion (Islam)
    Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.

Entry requirements

GCSE Religous Studies grade C or above.


A Level: Each topic will be assessed by a two hour written examination worth 80 marks each. The paper will consist of three short, structured questions, two extended response questions on an unseen passage and a choice of two extended essay questions.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a highly regarded A level qualification and is on the list of subjects approved by Russell Group Universities. Students who study Religious Studies at A level go on to study a wide range of subjects

Further information

Course contact: Mr P Forster,

Exam Board: Edexcel

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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