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Religious Education and Philosophy at Newmarket Academy

Course description

RE at AS/A2 level deals with the big issues that are most important in life. The course will help you to understand how religious beliefs and practices affect peoples lives. Some units emphasise moral issues and others study a particular religion in depth. 

For the first part of the course you will look at how religion fits into our society in terms of ethics, television, secularisation. fundamentalism and the individual. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Buddhist religion and philosophy in depth. You do not need to have studied RE at GCSE level., although this would be an advantage. All the units are designed to be suitable for students studying the topics for the first time.

RE is an academic subject which is valued by employers and universities for the skills that it teaches. People who study RE find careers in a variety of fields, particularly those which deal with other people; medicine, social work, teaching, police, personnel management etc.

Course content


  • Religion in contemporary society: ethics, religion in TV (soaps, simpsons etc), secularisation, fundamentalism, religion and the individual (Freud and Jung).
  • Eastern religions: Buddhism - the life of the Buddha and concepts and practices.


Course topics based on consultations with AS students. Choices include: studies in religion in contemporary society, western religions, eastern religions, ethics, philosophy plus a compulsory synoptic unit religion and human experience. 

Entry requirements

For more information or entry requirements please contact Mrs Matten.


The assessment for RE is 100% exam. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newmarket Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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