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A Level RS

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
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What will you be working towards?

Code RS/A
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


In Religious Studies A Level you have the opportunity to investigate ultimate questions such as "does evil disprove the existence of God?" and "is there such a thing as free will?".  You will study topics that explain the diversity of life and religion in the modern world and help you to understand contemporary ethical and religious issues such as medical ethics and religious fundamentalism.  Our course will enable the development of your communication skills, your philosophical thinking skills and help you to learn to clearly express your views.  


Outline of the Course
  • Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion: Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.
  • Unit 2: Religion and Ethics: Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language, Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars;                 Medical ethics; beginning and end of life issues.
  • Unit 3: Study of Religion (Buddhism): Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.

How will it be delivered?


Type of Assessment




An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. Students answer all questions in Sections A, B and C.

Section A

Two short, structured questions.

Section B

Two extended-response questions based on an excerpt, sourced from the extract list. Relevant excerpts will be printed in the examination paper.

Section C

An extended essay questions

2 hours (per paper)

33.3% of the qualification (per paper)

Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria:    

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Religious Studies or 7 in English Language

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Religious Studies or 6 in English Language

Your next steps...

You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Philosophy or RS at Higher Education. With further training, you could go into a job  such as a Social Worker, Counsellor or Teacher. As with the other humanities, this course is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.


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