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Theology and Philosophy A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

Theology and Philosophy are two of the most valued subjects within the university curriculum. Not only have they provided the bedrock of modern day scientific thought, but they continue today to provide some of the most thought provoking challenges to disciplines such as science, law, psychology, medicine and politics.

Course content

You will be awarded an AS/A Level in Religious Studies, which is made up of two units: New Testament Theology and Philosophy of Religion. The New Testament element will provide an introduction to New Testament literature and develop awareness of some key events, beliefs and significant human experiences that are reflected in it, such as miracles and ideas concerning the end of the world. Philosophy of Religion complements it by providing the opportunity for study of fundamental philosophical themes, including human experiences of evil and suffering and life after death. It provides an opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging questions of human existence such as, ‘What is the purpose of our lives?’ and ‘Why are we here?’ It will help you to acquire the ability to think logically, to analyse issues and to express ideas clearly. Theology and Philosophy aims to promote an enquiring, critical, yet sympathetic study of some of the major beliefs and issues affecting our world today. This subject provides you with the training and skills to think independently, rationally and question what others might take for granted.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. You will need a Grade C or above in English Language GCSE. If you have taken GCSE RE you need to have grade C or above, however it is not essential to have studied RE at GCSE.


WJEC. AS Assessment: two 1¼ hour exam papers in May/June. A2 Assessment: two 1¾ hour exam papers in June.

Future opportunities

Students go on to study a variety of courses at university and enter a variety of different professions; psychology, law, medicine, health studies, politics, teaching and nursing to name but a few. Indeed the subject dovetails with most courses and it is highly valued by all professions, most importantly because it indicates the level of academic challenge a student is able to engage with.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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