A Level Religious Studies Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

You do not need to be religious to study this subject – you just need an open mind and be prepared to ask more questions than you’ll find answers.

Explore deeper questions about God, ethics and the meaning of life. There are three elements: Religion (Christianity) – explore Christian beliefs & practices; Philosophy & Religion – study arguments used to prove the existence of God; and Religion and Ethics - study theories about what is right and wrong and how we work this out. This A level develops writing and analytical skills and is considered to be good preparation for most Arts degrees.

Unit 1 – an introduction to the study of Religion (Christianity)

Unit 2 – an introduction to Philosophy & Religion

Unit 3 – An introduction to Religion and Ethics

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 hours per week (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) and 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 Feb/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.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at a 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 controversial and sensitive issues.

Where next?

As an academic A-Level, it is considered to be good preparation for most Arts degrees. This is a thought-provoking subject that develops writing and analytical skills.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: Robert.tylee@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk