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Religious Studies AS and A Level at The Heathland School

Course description

The subject offers students the chance to further develop their knowledge of ethics and issues of morality whilst at the same time investigating the philosophical and theological arguments concerning the existence of God. Religious Studies provides students with the following transferable skills which will enable them to reach their full potential in other subjects:

  • The ability to interpret, contrast and evaluate opinions/approaches to a topic
  • The ability to write a succinct essay containing well constructed arguments
  • Good debating skills
  •  An ability to assess the validity of an argument and reach a well informed conclusion regardless of ones personal beliefs

Course content

The RE course is a two year course which consists of three units. Each unit is worth 33% of the final grade and will be assessed via a 2 hour examination.


Year One

  • Design Argument
  • Cosmological  Argument
  • Ontological Argument
  • Religious Experience
  • Evil and Suffering

Year Two

  • Religious Language 
  • Philosophers Influences and Developments (this unit includes Life after Death & Science Vs. Religion)


Year One

Ethical issues:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Equality

Ethical theories:

  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation Ethics

Natural Moral Law

  • Application of ethical theories:
  • War and peace
  • Sexual ethics
  • Year Two

    Ethical Language

    Deontology, virtue ethics

    Medical Ethics

    • Meta-Ethics 
    • Relationship between religion and morality
    • Kantian deontology
    • Aristotelian Virtue Ethics
    • Abortion
    • Euthanasia


Year One

  • The Six Articles of Faith
  • Muhammad's life and pre-Islamic Arabia
  • Sacred texts
  • The Five Pillars

Year Two

  • Sunni & Shia
  • The Rightly Guided Caliphs
  • Sufism
  • Jihad
  • Islam in a multi faith society
  • Surah 2 

Entry requirements

Students must attain at least 5 A*-C grades including English Language and Mathematics and a total point score of  42+ in the student’s best 8 subjects. 

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this ‘A’ Level will give you access to a range of possible career and Higher Education opportunities. The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills. These include the skills of collecting, synthesising and interpreting information from a range of sources. Religious Studies combines well with almost all other humanities ‘AS’ and ‘A’ Level subjects such as History, Geography and English. In addition, if taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Religious Studies will give you a broad-based curriculum.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years1