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Religious Studies AS & A Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College

Course description

The content has been designed to provide a coherent and thought provoking programme of study for both teachers and learners, whilst also acting as a rigorous course of study which prepares learners for progression to Higher Education. This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Learners will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.

Course content

Learners will study:

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or nonexistence 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

Learners will study:

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

Learners will study:

  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • Sources of religious 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

GCSE 5 A*-C including GCSE English at Grade 5 or above.


  • Philosophy of Religion (01)
    120 marks 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level
  • Religion and Ethics (02)
    120 marks 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level
  • Developments in Christian Religious Thought (03)
    120 marks 2 hour written paper. 33.3% of total A Level

Future opportunities

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service and employers believe that graduates in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Theology are prepared for the following careers: Broadcast, film, video and interactive media sector, Education sector, Financial services sector, Legal sector, Politics, Social care sector, Voluntary sector, Social work and more. The Russell Group of top universities has made it clear that Religious Studies A Level provides ‘suitable preparation for University generally’.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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