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Religious Studies A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

At Advanced level this subject examines religious, philosophical and ethical issues.

This course is open to people of any religious faith or none. 

Course content

The course will include units studying:

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient philosophical influences The nature of the soul, mind and body Arguments about the existence or nonexistence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God Issues in religious language.

Religion and Ethics

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to Business
  • Ethics and Euthanasia
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs. 

Development in Religious Thought (Christianity)

  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • Sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society


Entry requirements

An enquiring and open mind are essential ingredients when embarking on this course. Good essay writing skills will also be vital to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the issues while sustaining an argument and therefore we would expect you to achieve at least a B grade in GCSE RS (Short Course or Full Course) or a grade 6 in GCSE English. All students must have an APS of 4.5 or above.

The ability to retain an open mind will also be useful.


General lesson activities will include debates, essay writing, examining current moral issues, student seminars and visiting speakers. Students will sit 3 papers of equal weighting. Each paper will be 2 hours in length.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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