Course overview

Religious studies explores a range of philosophical and ethical issues surrounding religion and concentrates in particular on Christianity. The subject will appeal to those who are curious about what religions and philosophies have to say about the ‘deeper things’ in life. Matters of life, death and truth are frequently explored, and the subject has particular appeal to those who are confident in their use of language, both written and verbal.

What will I study?

The course is divided into three areas, the philosophy of religion, ethics and Christianity. In the philosophy of religion, students study issues surrounding whether God’s existence can be proved, and how an all-loving and all-powerful God could have created a world full of evil and suffering, whether certain types of experiences can be said to prove God’s existence, and the complexities surrounding religious language and miracles. In ethics, you will study how people may work out what the right choice is and study both moral and ethical theories investigating their strengths and weaknesses and their compatibilities with the teaching of the world’s religions.

The final area, students examine an in depth history, developments, teachings and practices of one of the world’s most important religions. You will explore sacred texts, examine the key Christian beliefs and investigate selected Christian concepts, such as the nature of God, the Trinity and the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The course complements subject-areas where ideas are discussed, exchanged, and assessed and goes particularly well with philosophy and other humanities subjects.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Students participate in a range of activities both inside and outside of the classroom and there are various enrichment programmes available such as the Christian union
  • Invitations to take part in Quaker open events
  • Visits to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust memorial programme.

What's next?

The qualification is widely accepted as part of university entry requirements for a range of degree courses, particularly those in the humanities. Former students have gone on to study a wide range of courses with some taking religious studies or theology at university.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.

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