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A-Level (AS/A2) in Religious Studies at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

Religious Studies at A-Level is something very different to what you have encountered before. Whilst you do build on what you studied at GCSE level, you are also introduced to two new areas of study:

The Sociological and Psychological dilemmas created by religion and Philosophy.

You will consider the following questions:

• Should euthanasia be legalised?

• Is it morally right to experiment on animals?

• Should religion play a prominent role in society or should religion and politics be kept separate?

• Why is atheism on the rise?

• Can we ‘pick and mix’ religion?

• What role does religion play with regards to our psyche? Is religion a help or a hindrance?

• Does God exist or is He merely a convenient “plug” of gaps in our knowledge that science hasn’t answered yet?

• Is God the all-loving, all powerful and all-knowing creator we claim He is, or something else entirely?

• Has God given up on us?

• Who’s responsible for evil and suffering? Is it purposeful?

This subject requires academic discipline, whereby knowledge, understanding as well as strong written and oral skills are essential, along with an enquiring, critical and reflective mind.

Course content

There are two units covered in this course:

• Religion in Contemporary Society

• Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion considers the three main arguments

used as ‘evidence’ both for and against the existence of God:

1. The Cosmological Argument;

2. The Teleological Argument;

3. Evil and Suffering.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.


There will be two written exams each year; both take place in June. Year 12 and Year 13 are worth 50% of your final mark respectively.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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