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Religious Studies GCE AS/A Level 3 at Fulston Manor School

Course description


The course ensures students have a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints. Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media. Religious Studies is a thought provoking subject and the contemporary themes will inspire engaging classroom discussion.



Courses based on this specification encourage students to:

  • develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world

  • develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion


  • develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies

  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion

  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their study.

Course content

Paper 1: Philosophy of religion

Paper 2: Religion and ethics

Paper 3: Developments in Christian thought

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to have 5 9-4 grades (or equivalent) including a grade 4 or better in GCSE Religious Studies. Interested and well-motivated students who do not possess these qualifications may still be admitted onto the course at the department’s discretion.


The A Level course is assessed entirely by external assessment (examination). There is no assessment based on coursework for this subject.

Future opportunities

This is what some employees say about the value of religious studies qualifications:

Metropolitan Police Recruitment Office: “It shows that a person has some understanding of the beliefs and values of others.”

Journalist: “Religious Studies is a way of broadening your understanding of the world and of people.  In this job, you have to meet people from all walks of life, and a huge range of cultural backgrounds.”

City Personnel Firm: “I have worked in manufacturing, construction, mining, the car industry, and accountancy.  A religious understanding of life and affairs has always been of value in making judgments at and about work.”

Music Business: “Without something like religious studies, you have no frame of reference to make your own decisions and work out your own feelings.”

Cardiologist: “When you work in a hospital, you come across quite a lot of people from varying backgrounds.  Doing religious studies prepared me for this.”

Retail Management: “I’m not particularly religious; it was something that I took because it did give me a broad spectrum and I work with a lot of different kinds of people.”

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your CXK Adviser or school/college careers staff.



This qualification is a ‘new style’ 2 year linear A Level. Whilst the AS qualification still exists it does not form part of the final A Level, and most students will be expected to study this course for the full two years.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years