Religious Studies: Theology, Philosophy and Ethics

Are you looking for an academic and stimulating course that looks at interesting ideas and questions, develops analytical and evaluative skills and encourages independent and lateral thinking that is valued by the best universities.

Entry Requirements

6 in GCSE religious studies          If GCSE RS has not been taken, students will be accepted on to the course dependent on an interview with the head of religious studies


Assessment is through essay based written examinations


A qualification in religious studies will be of benefit to students wishing to enter higher education. It is praised as a facilitating subject by the major universities. In recent years students studying religious studies have gone on to university to study a range of subjects including business management and marketing, bio-medical sciences, drama, social history, computing and business studies as well as theology and philosophy. It is a foundation for careers in law, the sciences, education, business, journalism and much more. Many people like to take it for AS to give a breadth to their studies.

When studying philosophy modules you will explore how thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle have answered philosophical questions and how their views have been challenged since then. Is there more to us than just a body? Is there more to the world than just the physical? What are the arguments for God’s existence? What challenges are there for religious belief?

The religious ethics modules enable you to investigate a range of ethical theories before examining how they respond to medical and global ethical issues.

In the theology part of the course you will engage with major themes in the development of two thousand years of Christian thought. What are humans actually like? What happens when we die? Is it possible to know God? Was Jesus the Son of God or just a teacher of wisdom? What are the implications of claiming to be a Christian? How should Christianity relate to other religions or a modern world that is moving away from religion? What are the deep reasons behind modern world poverty?

The course builds on what is covered at GCSE, but, rather than trying to explain what people believe, at A level we try to explain why people think the way they do – really getting into their heads.