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Religious Studies AS/A2 Level at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Religious Studies is a superb A level which will challenge you to think, talk and debate about things in a completely new way. It is the study of religion, it’s origins, it’s impact on belief, society and life today and the responses different people have had to it, both religious and non-religious. Religious Studies can be studied by anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and understanding in, and also those who are searching for answers to, questions about the meaning and purpose of life and how we should live.

It is especially relevant to those who may be interested in studying Ethics, Law, Medicine, Business, Theology, Religious Studies, Bible Studies, Philosophy, Politics or Psychology at university, since the Ethics and Philosophy units studied include aspects of all of these things.

Course content

The Philosophy units include, Greek and Jewish influences on philosophy; arguments about the existence of God; the problem of evil; the relationship between Religion and Science; religious experience and life after death. The Ethics units include, Ethical theories, both religious and nonreligious, which are then applied to medical issues such as Genetic Engineering; ideas of right and wrong; freedom and determinism; conscience; virtue, the Environment, Business and Sexuality.

Entry requirements

Students should have grade B and above in GCSE Religious Studies. A good pass (A-C) in English Language and/or English Literature and/or History is also desirable. Students entering the Sixth Form from other schools will be considered on merit with respect to their other GCSE results if they have not studied Religions Studies for GCSE.



Future opportunities

Religious Studies is relevant to many careers since the course will enable pupils to develop the key skills of research, problem solving, empathy, critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation and has a high standing as a rigorous academic A level on equal terms with other A level subjects as an entrance requirement to University. Universities place a high value on Religious Studies and students who have studied Philosophy and Ethics have indicated that they had a clear advantage at interviews often being able to give good answers to awkward questions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years