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.

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“At A level we try to explain why people think the way they do – really getting into their heads.”

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 has been the impact of feminism? 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.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE RS and Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.


Assessment is through essay-based written examinations.


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