Religious Studies


This two year linear course offers insight into a range of different religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives on the world. You will study the philosophy of religion, religion and ethics, different cultures and belief systems as well as developments in Buddhist thought.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Teacher, social worker, politician and journalist.

Religious studies, philosophy and ethics, history, politics, law and sociology.

Topics you'll cover


  • Ancient philosophical influences, ideas of soul, mind and body
  • God and the world; arguments for his existence
  • Religious approaches to ethics
  • Kantian ethics, business ethics, utilitarianism and euthanasia
  • Buddhism: Buddha, rebirth, existence, four noble truths and meditation
  • Trip: philosophy conference at the University of Southampton.


  • Religious language
  • How religious language has changed over time
  • Ideas of conscience, theological and psychological approaches
  • Sexual ethics, homosexuality and modern and traditional approaches
  • Different schools of Buddhism
  • Trips: School of Oriental and African Studies in London and the London Buddhist Centre.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Three written exams
  • Exam board: OCR
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English)
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

What students say about the course

"This course really makes you think about the world around you. As a class, we have many interesting and intellectual debates, especially on philosophical ideals; an example being whether God exists or not. The teacher on this course is very friendly and approachable."

Daniel Kasper


Additional information

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.