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Religious Studies A Level (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description



Religion is a provocative and timeless issue, and one that makes for a fascinating subject to study. This distance learning religious studies course, designed to be interesting and relevant to people of any or indeed no religious persuasion, takes a close look at the New Testament, explores the relationship between religion and science, and examines modern issues such as environmental problems from a religious perspective. Sure to be an extremely thought-provoking programme, our home study A level explores the nature of religion and religious philosophy, encourages a questioning approach and will help you develop skills of critique that will be useful when studying any other subject. 


You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

Unit 1: Religion, philosophy and science

  • The Design argument
  • Scientific arguments about Design
  • Creation: the scientific view of the origins of the universe and the evolution of life on earth
  • Creation: religious views about the origins of the universe
  • Creation: God's role in creating and sustaining the universe
  • Evaluation of the relationship between religion and science over creation issues
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Evaluation of the science of quantum mechanics for religion
  • Definitional issues of miracles
  • Miracles and natural law
  • Religious understandings of miracle
  • Miracles: concluding evaluations

Unit 2: Religion and ethics 2

  • Kant and ethics
  • Evaluating Kantian ethics
  • Natural Law theory
  • Evaluations of Natural Law theory
  • Religious views of the created world
  • Evaluations of religious ideas about creation
  • Environmental problems and religious teachings
  • Evaluating environmental ethical issues

Unit 3: Philosophy of religion

  • The Ontological argument
  • Evaluating the Ontological argument
  • Religious language
  • Evaluating the meaning of religious language
  • Body, soul and personal identity
  • Evaluating body, soul and personal identity
  • The problem of evil

Unit 4: Religion and human experience (Topic 2: Perceptions of ultimate reality)

  • Definitions/understandings of God/Ultimate Reality
  • The human situation in relation to God/Ultimate Reality
  • Religious experiences as sources of knowledge about God/Ultimate Reality
  • Talking about God/Ultimate Reality

Entry requirements

There is no requirement to have studied religious studies before.


This course follows specifications 2060 (A level), 1061 (AS) and 2061 (A2) from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

Four exams for the full A level: Unit 1 (1hr15m, 25% of marks), Unit 2 (1hr15m, 25% of marks), Unit 3 (1hr30m, 25% of marks) and Unit 4 (1hr30m, 25% of marks)

Eight AS assignments, eight A2 assignments
No coursework

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course isSummer 2017.


Financial information



It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

Representative examples:

For the full A level
Course fee:   £545
Deposit:  £54.50
Amount of credit:   £490.50
Monthly payment:  £81.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £545
Rate of interest:  0%(fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For AS level or A2 level
Course fee:  £325
Deposit:   £32.50
Amount of credit: £292.50 
Monthly payment:   £48.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:   £325
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:


  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses

Further information

This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 24 July 2019
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