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Religious Studies at Hagley Catholic High School

Course description

Challenge yourself to think beyond the obvious and gain insight into some of the most fascinating questions ever asked!

Religious Studies, at A-level, is all about exploring scholarly and philosophical debates surrounding the Philosophy of Religion, the New Testament and the Christian faith. In AS Philosophy of Religion, students study the attempts that have been made to prove the existence of God and to reconcile His existence with the existence of evil and suffering. An in-depth study of the Fourth Gospel is undertaken in which students question its relevance and significance for the reader. An investigation into the New Testament’s perspective on life after death is conducted.

Course content

Awarding body: Edexcel Specification: AS 8RS01 A2 9RS01. Foundations Y12 Philosophy. Investigations Y12 New Testament In-depth study of life. Developments Y13 Christianity. Implications Y13 New Testament.

Entry requirements

A minimum of grade C in GCSE Religious Studies is essential.


The course is made up of four units; two are undertaken in each year. In Y12, one of these units lays the foundations of the Philosophy of Religion and the Fourth Gospel and is assessed by examination in which you answer questions on both areas of study. The second unit is an in-depth investigation into life after death, in which you write a single essay, presenting your findings. In Y13, one unit continues your study of the Fourth Gospel and introduces you to developments & expansions within Christianity. The final unit offers an opportunity for students to present a critical appraisal of a scholarly text, pertaining to the NT.

Religious Studies demands hard work and is regarded as an academic discipline. An active and enquiring mind is important as well as the willingness to debate and discuss controversial issues that arise. Essays and on-line discussions will be set on a regular basis. 

Future opportunities

Theology is highly regarded by universities as an academic subject, encompassing many fields, including Philosophy, Ethics, Old Testament/New Testament Studies, World Religions, Church History and Liberation Theology. The critical skills acquired during A-level Religious Studies provide an excellent foundation for entry into Social work, Journalism and Business/Managerial courses. 

Further information

Excellent pass rate at A-level. The RE Department has a highly qualified team of specialists with a proven track record of preparing students for public examination. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years

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