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Religious Studies A Level at The National CofE Academy

Course description

Welcome to the Religious Studies department at The National Academy. Our pupils are encouraged to look at different faiths as well as non-religious views about the modern world we live in.  Pupils gain a clear knowledge and understanding of religious practice as well as developing view about how faith impacts on our views about issues in today’s world. 

All pupils study for a GCSE qualification in Religious Studies (ethical decision making) and also have the opportunity to study the philosophy of religion, debating different views about why evil exists in the world and other popular arguments.

Course content

RS in Year 12

Pupils have the option to further their knowledge and understanding of philosophy and ethics at post 16.  In year 12 they will study the following topics as part of the philosophy and ethics units towards the OCR AS in Religious Studies:


  • Greek influences on religious belief
  • Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  •  Challenges to religious belief: Evil and science


  • Natural Law
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kantian ethics
  • Christian ethics

All applied to: Medical ethics and War and peace

RS in Year 13

Students continuing with post 16 study to A2 level will study the following philosophical and ethical units of work:


  • Religious Language
  • Religious Experience
  • Life and death: the soul
  • Miracles
  • Nature of God


  • Meta-ethics
  • Freewill and determinism
  • Conscience
  • Virtue ethics

Issues applied to Virtue ethics, Natural Law, Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism and Christian ethics:

  • Sexual ethics

Environmental and business ethics

Entry requirements


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The National CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

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