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Religious Studies A level at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

The study of God and Religion dates back thousands of years. Communities of scholars and teachers have discussed the big questions posed by theology at Lyceums and Universities since ancient times. As students of Theology you will find yourselves in the company of some of the greatest philosophers; Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas and Kant to name just a few. 

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy and religion 
  • ancient philosophical influences 
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body  
  • arguments about the existence (or not) of God 
  • the nature and impact of religious experience 
  • the challenge of the problem of evil 
  • ideas about the nature of God  
  • issues in religious language. 
Component 2: Religion and Ethics
  • normative ethical theories  
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance 
  • ethical language and thought 
  • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience 
  • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs 
 Component 3: Developments in Christian thought
  • 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

Grade B at GCSE Religious Studies
Grade 6 at GCSE English Literature and Language 


Component 1: Philosophy and religion

  • Written exam: 2 hours 120 marks 33.3% of A-level 

Component 2: Religion and Ethics

  • Written exam: 2 hours 120 marks 33.3% of A-level

 Component 3: Developments in Christian thought 

  • Written exam: 2 hours • 120 marks • 33.3% of A-level 

Future opportunities

This academically rigorous subject requires sharp analytical skill, attention to detail, flexible thinking, independent research skills and the ability to draw justified conclusions. It is these skills that lend themselves well to careers in Law, Medicine, Research, Education, Journalism and many more. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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