In Religious Studies, we examine some of the deepest questions underlying human existence.
Is there an ultimate intelligence behind the universe, and if so, how could we ever know? If there is a God, and God is both good and all-powerful, why is there so much evil in the world? Is there such a thing as good and evil, right and wrong – or are they just human inventions, to keep people in their place? How should I live? How can we ensure good ethical practice alongside new medical technologies?
Over the centuries, some of humankind’s greatest thinkers have suggested answers to these questions, and you will be grappling with these answers, as well as suggesting answers of your own. Religious Studies is an essay-based subject that requires the ability to argue and debate and also the ability to think for oneself.
You will develop critical skills to examine these kinds of issues in a critical and analytical way, to the highest academic standards. This course is just right for you if you can cope with radical and challenging ideas – regardless of whether or not you have any religious beliefs of your own.
Religious Studies A Level is incredibly challenging, hugely interesting and extremely rewarding. You will be studying Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics but unlike Religious Studies GCSE, you will not be learning about specific religions. Instead you will consider the philosophical ideas and arguments which underpin religion.
We follow the Edexcel Religious Studies specification and study the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics options. There are two written papers at AS Level and two at A2 Level. There is no coursework.