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Religious Studies A Level at Canons High School

Course description

Any learner who wants to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. The course does not require any previous study of the subject. It is designed for learners from any religious background (or none).

Course content

What will I study?

Philosophy of Religion

The focus is on a variety of central questions relating to religious experience and belief.  Is it possible to prove (or disprove) the existence of God in logical reasoning?  You will look specifically at the cosmological argument in this topic.  What is the nature of religious experience and can it be used as proof of the reality of God?  Can religion be explained (or explained away) in terms of psychological experiences and neuroses?  How convincing is the argument for atheism and how has the debate about the existence and nature of God been affected by post-modernism?


A study of a wide range of issues concerning the broad notions of right and wrong (morality).  You study a combination of ethical theory and applied ethics.  Ethical theory involves thinking about how we decide what is right and wrong.  So for example, some ethical systems are clearly based on religious authority, whilst others are attempts to base ethical decisions on rational principles.

Entry requirements

6 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics.


Written assessment.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies will train you in skills of analysis, logical thought, empathy and literacy. These are skills which will prepare you well for both university and beyond. It directly provides a foundation for courses in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology. However, the skills and challenges involved in studying RS at A Level are highly relevant to a wide range of courses in Humanities, Law, Politics and Social Sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years