This is a rigorous, academic and traditional A-level course

Theology, Philosophy & Ethics (Religious Studies) represent some of the oldest academic disciplines and have their origins in antiquity. The subjects first studied at some of the country's earliest universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, included theology and philosophy. This A-level course races through the thinkers' history; from the giants of Greek philosophical thought, such as Plato and Aristotle, to some of today's leading and contemporary theologians. As such, the course offers an unprecedented depth to scholarly research and a fascinating richness of thought on any given topic. We would love to help you to formulate your own thoughts to contribute to the debate. 

Why Religious Studies?

  • The study of Religion is more relevant to life in 21st Century UK than ever before in history.
  • It is useful for any job that involves working with people. (Apart from a Lighthouse Keeper, try thinking of a job that does not involve working with people.)
  • A-level Religious Studies equips the student to make informed choices about questions of destiny, origins and ultimate meaning to life, with reference to some of the most significant religious traditions in the world.
  • It is really, really interesting! Understanding what is at the core of shared human experience, and what it is that makes people tick is a fascinating pursuit. Welcome to the world of A-level Religious Studies!

 Any special requirements?

An open mind, a willing spirit and a teachable heart. There are no specific requirements in addition to the requirements for admission set by St Christopher's. GCSE RS is not an essential pre-requisite.

What will I study?

AS Modules -

Students will be required to study the following 2 units, each carrying 25% of the final mark: 
  • Introduction to Religion in Contemporary Society
  • Introduction to Religion and Philosophy

A2 Modules -

One of the two units followed to AS-level will be studied to A2 Level. Unit titles are as above, but 'Introduction to' becomes 'Studies in'.
Additionally, there will be a 'seen' essay title released in the January of the year of examination and examined in the Spring. This is a 'stand-alone' unit entitled 'Religion and Human Experience.'

How will I be assessed?

There are 4 units: 2 at AS and 2 at A2, each carrying 25% of the final mark. Each unit is assessed by examination, the final unit's exam question is 'seen' prior to the date of examination.

Further information

If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Head of Religious Studies, Mr C Pountain at:

Queens Road West

T 01254 232 992
F 01254 355 215

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