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Religious Studies A Level at St Helens College

Course description

This A level explores religion and its relation to the wider world. You will be involved in ethical and philosophical debates, and encouraged to question and consider your own attitudes, values, beliefs and opinions.

If you enjoy seeing things from another perspective and critically analysing contentious issues, religious studies is an excellent choice for you.

Course content

You will cover the following:


  • The existence of God
  • The soul
  • Meaning and purpose of life
  • Evil and suffering
  • Investigating religious experiences


  • Behaviour towards others
  • Morality

In addition to this, you will study embryo research, cloning, designer babies, genetic engineering, abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment and also ethics in relation to animal welfare.

Entry requirements


You should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths.


You will be assessed by examinations at the end of each year.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. 

Future opportunities

This A level can lead to a wide range of degree courses, including our FdA in Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens, accredited by University of Chester.

You could go on to secure a career within education, law, the church or social work.

Further information

Many students who study religious studies at A level have benefitted from special guest speakers such as scientists and interesting trips to museums and religious sites.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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