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Religious Studies

If you enjoy seeing things from a different perspective and critically analysing contentious issues, A level Religious Studies could be an excellent choice for you.

You will be involved in ethical and philosophical debates, and encouraged to question and consider your own attitudes, values, beliefs and opinions.

Studying topics such as genetic engineering, euthanasia and capital punishment, will not only enable you to gain in-depth knowledge into many issues that affect our society today but will also help you to develop your research skills and the ability to construct a reasoned argument.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover the following:


  • The existence of God
  • The soul
  • Meaning and purpose of life
  • Evil and suffering
  • Investigating religious experiences
  • Miracles
  • Self, death and afterlife


  • Behaviour towards others
  • Morality
  • Conscience


  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularism

In addition to this, you will study embryo research, cloning, designer babies, genetic engineering, abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment and also ethics in relation to animal welfare.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C or above) including English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This A level can lead to a wide range of degree courses, including our BA (Hons) in Social Policy, Health and Housing and BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice at University Centre St Helens, both of which are validated by University of Chester.

Alternatively, you may wish to study at another university.

You could go on to secure a career within a variety of fields such as education, law, the church or social work.

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Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

Our class sizes are small and the support focussed to help you to stay on track with your studies.

Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

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