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Religious Studies at Holy Trinity

Course description

Religious Studies is the study of the phenomenon of religious ideas and how people across the world seek God and meaning in their lives. In addressing the fundamental questions of life as well as religious experience, ethics and practice, the subject is wonderfully wide-ranging and challenging.

Although the study of religion is worthwhile in its own right, the skills it teaches equip students for many degrees particularly in Law and Medicine and Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.


Course content

The course is split into two distinct yet inter-related sections:

Philosophy and Ethics - the course encouragesstudents to develop skills in logic, communication, problem solving and debate.

Problem Solving and Debate - the course stretches the imagination, the mind and beliefs.

You will learn about Greek influences on the philosophyof religion.

Judeo-Christian influences and traditional arguments for the existence of God as well as challenges to religious beliefs.

You will also learn about the application of ethical theory to issues such as war, genetic engineering and euthanasia.

The course is made up of four modules — two taken in each year.

Year 12 AS

Module 1 –AS Philosophy of Religion: Ancient Greek influences and Judaeo-Christian influences on Philosophy of Religion, Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God and Challenges to Religious Belief (External Assessment)

Module 2 –AS Religious Ethics: Ethical theories and applied ethics topics (External Assessment)

Year 13 A2

Module 3 –A2 Philosophy of Religion: Religious language, Experience and Religion, The

Nature of God, Life after Death and Miracle (External Assessment)

Module 4 –A2 Religious Ethics: Meta-ethics, Free will and Determinism, Conscience, Virtue ethics and applied ethics topics (External Assessment)

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C in Religious Studies and/or English.


You will be assessed externally for each unit.

Two AS Level examinations in June of Year 12 each lasting 90 minutes.

Two A2 Level examinations in June of Year 13 each lasting 90 minutes.

Future opportunities

Many employers, academics, public services and businesses value and appreciate Religious Studies as a subject which gives you the very skills that they require.

Further information

Mrs Simmonds Head  of RE -


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Trinity directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20