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A Level Religious Studies

Qualification AS / A2

Examination Board: WJEC

COURSE DESCRIPTION ‘A’ level religious studies encourages students to consider their place in a multi-cultural society and global community. It promotes analytic and critical thinking skills, and engagement with fundamental religious and moral issues in contemporary society.

At AS you will study:

Unit 1- An introduction to the study of religion (Sikhism)

  • Religious figures and sacred texts
  • Religious concepts
  • Religious life
  • Religious practice that shape religious identity (1hr 15min exam)

Unit 2- An introduction to religion and ethics and the philosophy of religion

  • Section A- Ethical thought, Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism
  • Section B- Arguments for the existents of God (Inductive/ Deductive), Challenges to religious belief, Religious experience (1hr 45min exam)

At A2 you will study:

Unit 3- A study of religion (Sikhism)

  • Religious figures and sacred texts
  • Significant historical developments in religious thought
  • Significant social developments in religious thought

Unit 4- Religion and Ethics

  • Ethical thought
  • Deontological ethics
  • Determinism
  • Freewill

Unit 5- Philosophy of religion

  • Challenges to religious belief
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language (Part 1&2)

Entry Qualifications

5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English Language. A grade B or above in English Language would be highly desirable. 

Where Next?

Many students are offered places at university to study degree courses in religious studies and/or theology. A great many students also go on to employment in careers as diverse as the police force, armed services, social services, prison and probation work, education, and work within the NHS.

Course Length:

2 Years

Course Levels:



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