A-Level Religious Studies

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 3
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £993 per year, your course may be free


Course details may be subject to change

Investigate ultimate questions such as "why does evil exist?" and "what is the purpose of life?" and study topics that explain the diversity of life and religion in the modern world.

Improve philosophical thinking skills and the ability to think outside of the box, understand contemporary ethical and religious issues such as medical ethics and religious fundamentalism.

Develop communication skills and learn to clearly express your views and increase your self-confidence.


This A-Level subject will encourage you to:
  • Develop your interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world
  • Develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies
  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.


Philosophy of Religion
  • Including Arguments for the existence of God
  • Arguments against the existence of God
  • Religious Experience
  • Ethical Philosophy
  • Ethical theories.

Applied Ethics:
  • Euthanasia
  • Nuclear War
  • Sexual Ethics.

  • The Life of the Buddha
  • The Universe according to Buddhism
  • Karma and reincarnation
  • Mediation.

Philosophy of Religion
  • Miracles
  • Psychological Challenges to religion
  • Religious Language
  • Ethical Philosophy
  • Free-will
  • Meta-Ethics.

Applied Ethics:
  • Immigration
  • Capital Punishment.

  • Buddhist Texts
  • Relationship between religion and society
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • The Mindfulness movement.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will sit three exams at the end of each year.

You could progress to study a higher education programme at New College Durham or university.

You could pursue a career in teaching, politics and clergy.

What else?

Religious studies works well with Law, History, Politics, English Literature and Psychology.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview at the College with a member of our A-Levels team.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs, minimum of grade 4/C, including maths and English, with English at grade 5/B.