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Religious Studies AS & A Level at Bridgewater High School

Course description

Religious Studies offers you an interesting and intellectually challenging A Level. This course will help you develop an understanding of moral, ethical and cultural studies alongside the development of religion. The course develops a variety of skills including discussion and debate, logical argument and critical evaluation. All these skills are transferable. 

Course content

In Philosophy of Religion you will study:

  • Ancient philosophical influences (Plato, Aristotle)
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language

In Religion and Ethics you will study:

  • Normative ethical theories (e.g. Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism)
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance (Euthanasia and Business Ethics)
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

In Developments in Religious Thought you will study:

  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world. 
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*- C to include English


  • Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion
    33.3% of total A Level
  • Paper 2: Religion & Ethics
    33.3% of total A Level
  • Paper 3: Developments in Religious Thought
    33.3% of total A Level

Three written exams each lasting 2 hours. 

On all examinations students answer three questions from a choice of four. There is no coursework. 

Future opportunities

Religious studies is highly regarded by universities and employers. According to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, graduates in Religious Studies enter a wide range of careers, for example; broadcasting and the Media, Education, Finance, Law, Politics, Journalism, Medicine, Police and Social Work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

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