A Level Religious Studies at St Mary's RC High School
Religious Studies is a superb A level which will challenge you to think, talk and debate about things in a
completely new way. It is the study of religion, it’s origins, it’s impact on belief, society and life today
and the responses different people have had to it, both religious and non-religious. Religious Studies
can be studied by anyone wishing to expand their knowledge and understanding in, and also those who
are searching for answers to, questions about the meaning and purpose of life and how we should live.
It is especially relevant to those who may be interested in studying Ethics, Law, Medicine, Business,
Theology, Religious Studies, Bible Studies, Philosophy, Politics or Psychology at university, since the
Ethics and Philosophy units studied include aspects of all of these things.
The Philosophy units include, Greek and Jewish influences on philosophy; arguments about the
existence of God; the problem of evil; the relationship between Religion and Science; religious
experience and life after death. The Ethics units include, Ethical theories, both religious and non
religious, which are then applied to medical issues such as Genetic Engineering; ideas of right and
wrong; freedom and determinism; conscience; virtue, the Environment, Business and Sexuality.
Students should have grade B and above in GCSE Religious Studies. A good pass (A-C) in English
Language and/or English Literature and/or History is also desirable. Students entering the Sixth Form
from other schools will be considered on merit with respect to their other GCSE results if they have
not studied Religions Studies for GCSE.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.