Religious Studies A-Level

Theology, Philosophy & Ethics 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 academic 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?

Over the two years of the course, students will study three components following the Eduqas Religious Studies specification. Each component is worth 33⅓ of the final mark:

Component 1: A study of Christianity - includes religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices that shape religious identity.

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion - inductive and deductive arguments for the existence of God; Challenges to religious belief - the problem of evil and suffering, and religious belief as a product of the human mind; religious experience; religious language.

Component 3: Religion and Ethics - ethical Thought; deontological Ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.


How will I be assessed?

Each component will be assessed by examination at the end of the second year.


Further information

If you would like further information about this subject please click here to view the course leaflet.