AS/A2 Religious Studies at Charter Academy
Religious Studies is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical,
social, cultural and contemporary issues. The specification provides a framework for exploration of such
issues and all units contain specific content through which individual courses may address these issues.
The Religion and Ethics options, and the Religion in Contemporary Society options, are particularly focused
on the moral, ethical and social aspects. This course will provide opportunities to:
• study relationships between religion and culture;
• consider moral values and attitudes of individuals, faith communities or contemporary society;
• develop skill in reasoning on matters concerning values, attitudes and actions;
• develop the ability to make responsible judgements on significant moral teaching and issues.
At a time when communities are becoming more diverse there is an even greater need for a more
religiously literate and tolerant society. RS plays a key role in creating social cohesion and generating
genuine understanding between communities reducing friction, intolerance and social unrest.
AS students will take two modules:
1) Introduction to Religion in Contemporary Society: Medical and Environmental issues; Religion and TV;
Religion and Community – Secularisation, Fundamentalism, New Religious Movements; Religion and the
2) Introduction to Religion and Ethics: Aquinas’ Natural Law; Situation Ethics – Joseph Fletcher; Utilitarianism
– Bentham and Mill; Applied Ethics
A2 students will take two modules:
1) Studies in Religion in Contemporary Society: Religion and Contemporary Issues; Religion and Film;
Religion and the Community; Religion and the Individual
2) Religion and Human Experience: Religious Authority; Religious Experience; Life, Death and Afterlife
C grade or above at GCSE
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charter Academy directly.