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Religious Studies AS and A Level at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy

Course description

Religious Studies is an exciting and interesting subject that investigates ‘The Big Questions’ in life and considers what religious beliefs have to offer modern society. It is more than just learning about religion, it requires you to consider your own and others viewpoints about topical issues relating to human behaviour and experiences and offers an opportunity to consider topics that will challenge you both academically  and personally.

Students who take Religious Studies for A-level enjoy debating ideas and thinking more deeply and critically about concepts that are central to human life. The course also provides students with a number of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers and Universities. It is particularly valuable for students who wish to pursue careers in medicine, law, teaching, nursing, business and politics.

Course content

Year 12
Christianity and Philosophy
• The Nature of God – What is God believed to be like?
• Death and the Afterlife – What is the soul? What happens when we die?
• Arguments for the Existence of God – Does the Universe prove God exists?
• The Problem of Evil – How can an all loving God allow evil and suffering?
• Religious Experience- Are they genuine or can science disprove them?

Christianity and Ethics
• Embryo Research/Designer Babies
• Abortion
• Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide
• Ethical Theories – Virtue Ethics – What does it mean to be a good person?

Year 13
Christianity and Philosophy
• Christian responses to Science - can Christianity provide a challenge to science?
• Religious Language - What do we mean by terms such as ‘truth’.
• Miracles - Do miracles really happen or can science offer an explanation for them.

Christianity and Ethics
• Sexual Ethics & Christian Feminism
• Utilitarianism
• Free Will and conscience
• Religious Pluralism

Entry requirements

GCSE Religious Education* – Grade B & GCSE English Language - Grade B (or) GCSE English Literature - Grade B. If you don’t have GCSE RE an interview with the course leader will be required.


Assessment is by two exams in June of each year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripley St Thomas CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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