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Religious Studies (Theology & Ethics) A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

St. Paul’s is the only school in this area to offer a rigorous academic theological study of a Gospel. This is a crucial element of any university study in the subject and puts candidates at a great advantage in subject specialist areas in further studies.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 – Religious Studies; Foundations The main areas of study are Ethics and New Testament with a specific academic focus on the fourth Gospel. Students will begin to understand the key moral and theological concepts of each area.

Unit 2 – Religious Studies; Investigations  An enquiry based approach to teaching and learning and is made up of a study of Ethical issues and morality. It includes an in depth enquiry into issues that affect us in daily life and society by exploring the issue of homosexuality. It provides the opportunity for independent enquiry.  An external examination of an essay question which requires the ability to establish the key features of a topic supporting ideas with technical specific vocabulary and academic source evidence.

A2 Level

Unit 3 – Religious Studies; Developments Further their academic study of Moral philosophy and Fourth practising skills of exegesis.

Unit 4 – Religious Studies; Implications Students will consider, examine or discuss: the consequences of holding certain opinions, views or beliefs, including their own; how a particular belief or value could affect other people, either for good or ill and how other people’s lives might be affected if a certain belief were widely held or a certain value widely applied.

Entry requirements

5 A*- C grades at GCSE or their equivalent. You must have achieved a C grade at GCSE RE.



Future opportunities

Advanced level Religious Studies opens up a diverse range of career options and Theology students are among the most employable as university courses are so varied and all encompassing. Study of the subject at this level creates opportunities for critical thinking, developing an enquiring mind, analytical and evaluation skills, all things that employers are looking for.

Therefore any job that requires these skills is supported by an individual’s study of Religious Studies at A-level. A-level Religious Studies helps develop logical enquiring minds that will enhance the study of every subject at university and in future life.

Career options often pursued as a result of studying Religious Studies: teaching, medicine, law and the Police Force.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

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