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Religious Studies A/S at Queensbury School

Course description

AS Religious Studies is an exciting and engaging course that allows students to study the beliefs, practices and rituals of a world religion and delve into the theories, arguments and logistics of philosophy.This subject may be jointly delivered between Queensbury School and Thornton Grammar School.

Course content

AS Religious Studies is split into two units. Pupils will study both throughout the year and then be assessed on each:

AS Unit K World Religions 2 - Islam 1 The Way of Submission (RSS10):

The Qur'an

  • The revelation, compilation and authority of the Qur'an
  • The use of the Qur'an in worship and in everyday life
  • The use of the Qur'an as a source of law

The importance of the Qur'an for Muslims, including comparison and contrast with the importance of the Hadith and the Sunnah.

The Five Pillars

  • The concept of worship
  • The concept of Pillar
  • Shahadah; Salah; Zakah; Sawm; Hajj
  • The significance of the Five Pillars for Muslims, including their contribution to the development of the ideal Muslim character and of the Umma.

The Doctrine of God

  • Tawhid: the oneness and uniqueness of God
  • The implications of Tawhid for Muslim life
  • The error of shirk

Humanity's relationship with God; the concept of Muslim, and the concept of God as lawgiver and judge.

Key Beliefs

  • Risalah
  • Prophets - the nature, role and authority of prophets in Islam.
  • Muhammad (pbuh) as the seal of the prophets
  • Angels - their nature and role
  • Akhirah
  • Judgement - God as lawgiver and judge; the role of recording angels; beliefs about the final judgement

The implications of these beliefs for Muslim life.

AS Unit D Religion, Philosophy & Science (RSS04):


  • Violations of Natural Law or an exception

Events of religious significance.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) in your GCSEs, including at least a grade C in the related subject, and a gradeC in GCSE English Language.

To progress onto the second year, you need to gain at least a pass grade from the first year.


The course is assessed purely through modular examinations. There is no coursework. There are 2 units of work to complete in the AS year and each unit will be assessed via external written examination.

Future opportunities

A Religious Studies qualification is very highly regarded by employers throughout most fields. This qualification is very advantageous if one were following a career pathway leading to employment in fields such as healthcare, social services, journalism, education, armed forces, police force and many more. There are also wide varieties of courses at degree level throughout most institutes of learning.

Further information

If you want to find out more about this course please speak to one of the tutors in the Religious Education Department: Mr Jenkins (D12) and/or Mr Harrison (D13). To get full details of the course log on to the AQA website:;=10

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

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