Religious Studies


This two-year Religious Studies A Level 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.

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Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Teacher, social worker, politician and journalist.

Religious Studies, Philosophy And Ethics, Theology, History, Politics, Law, Anthropology, 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.


  • 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.

Assessment and Qualification

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

Course entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language.

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.