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Religious Studies A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

Religious Studies involves an in depth study ethics and in particular the Hindu religion. You will engage with some of the greatest philosophical theories and ideas as you grapple with such questions as ‘What is the moral thing to do?’ or ‘What is ethics?’ You will become an enlightened thinker being able to contribute to the ethical debates of the greatest minds.

Course content

The AS Religious Studies course is a qualification in its own right.  If you decide to continue to A2 Religious Studies, you will have to leave the AS qualification behind. You will be expected to study  Hinduism in depth, philosophy of religion (including the arguments for the existence of God) and religious ethics

(including natural law and utilitarianism).  At A2 Religious Studies, you will explore Hinduism in further depth, miracles, religious language, meta-ethics and free will and determinism.

Entry requirements

This subject requires strong academic discipline, and ability, where knowledge, understanding and written skills are developed alongside an enquiring, critical and reflective approach. There will be opportunity to engage in discussions and students will be encouraged to view issues from all perspectives. Learners will engage in independent work, research projects and class presentations in addition to completing written essays on a regular basis. Learners wishing to choose Religious Studies must have a C/4 or above in GCSE English. GCSE Religious Studies (either full or short course) is not essential but it is helpful, and a good grasp and understanding of essay technique is required, alongside an open and enquiring mind and an ability to work hard and consistently throughout the year.


At AS, there are three written exams taken in May. Each unit is worth 33.3% of the AS.  Four topics are studied in each theme and there will be two questions based on each theme. Candidates must answer two questions which are essay based. The AS Religious Studies exams are three papers, all lasting one hour thirty minutes long. At A2, students will sit three two hour examinations in June after studying the AS topics once more in depth, but adding the further topics of miracles, religious language, meta-ethics, free will and determinism.

Future opportunities

Students who study religious studies go on to pursue a variety of careers including University study, teaching, social work, public services, caring professions and jobs within the private sector.

Further information

Religious Studies is an active area within the College which hosts an annual RS & Philosophy conference trip to Manchester to engage with the esteemed Dr Peter and Charlotte Vardy.  We also regularly encourage outside speakers to come to speak to our A2 students often to share their experiences and to bring religion to life.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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