Religious Studies

Prospectus for Year 12:

Why study Religious Studies?

Religious Studies offer you an interesting and intellectually challenging A Level. It helps develop understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues. Religious Studies develops a variety of skills, including those of discussion and debate. The valuable skills of logical argument and critical evaluation are also developed and can be transferred to other areas of study. Religious Studies is a useful stepping stone to many careers where it helps to understand what people believe and how it affects their lives. For example medicine, social work, law, the armed services, police force, journalism, teaching and many more.


What will you Study?

The course is broken down into 3 topics:

Philosophy of religion:

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge to religious belief from the problem of evil
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body and ethics:

  • religious ethical theories: Natural Law & Situation Ethics
  • secular ethical theories: Utilitarianism & The Categorical Imperative
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance  (euthanasia and business ethics)

Developments in religious thought:

  • Image resultthe person of Jesus Christ
  • sources of authority for Christians
  • Augustine’s teachings on human nature
  • Bonhoeffer & moral action


How will I be assessed?

  • There are 3 1 hour 15 minute exams at the end of Year 12.