This A Level is included within the Humanities A Level pathway as a Recommended Core subject.It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; English and Communications; Social Sciences. However, you can take Religious Studies with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
You don’t need to be religious to study this subject. You just need an open mind and be prepared to ask more questions than you will find answers to!
On this course you will explore deeper questions about God, ethics and the meaning of life. You will study three elements over the two years including: Religion (Christianity) – exploring Christian beliefs & practices; Philosophy & Religion - studying arguments used to prove the existence of God; and Religion and Ethics - studying theories about what is right and wrong.
You will develop your writing and analytical skills and take part in interesting and thought-provoking discussions in class.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English Language. GCSE Religious Studies is not a requirement, but you should have an enquiring mind and an interest in analysing and discussing thought-provoking issues.
Future career and study opportunities
You will develop a range of employability skills on this course, including logical and analytical thinking and clear writing, which are useful in a wide variety of careers - such as business, finance, law, teaching, journalism and politics.
This course will give you the opportunity to progress into a wide range of higher education courses.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also need to contribute to any courses and visits you take part in, but costs are kept to a minimum.