A Level – Religious Studies



A study of religious beliefs, teachings, doctrines, principles, ideas and theories as expressed in texts, writings and practices. The modules include a Textual Study and a Systematic Study of one Religion OR Religion and Ethics


Recommended GCSE Subjects and Grades 

GCSE Grade B in Religious Studies

Other Contributory Subjects 

English History Geography

Subject Content


Textual Study: AS Unit 1 – An introduction to the Gospel of Luke OR AS Unit 2: – An Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles

Systematic Study of one Religion: AS Unit 5 – The Celtic Church in Ireland in the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh centuries OR AS Unit 6 – An Introduction to Islam OR Religion and Ethics: AS Unit 7 – Foundations of Ethics with Special Reference to issues in Medical Ethics


Textual Study: A2 Unit 1 – Themes in the Synoptic Gospels OR A2 Unit 2 – Themes in the Selected Letters of St Paul

Systematic Study of one Religion: A2 Unit 5 – Themes in the Celtic Church, Reformation and Post-Reformation Church OR A2 Unit 6 – Islam in a Contemporary Context OR A2 Unit 7 – Religion and Ethics – Global Ethics.


Method of Assessment 


– Two 1 hour 20 minutes externally assessed written papers –  40%


– Two 2 hour externally assessed written papers – 60%


Other Information

An interest in the subject and a commitment to work are the most desirable criteria.

Career Possibilities 

Accountancy Journalism Philosophy Business Administration Law Psychology Environmental Studies Media Studies Teaching Ethics Medicine Theology Or any Arts course


 GLA Entrance Assessment Results

Results have been posted to arrive on Saturday 4th February 2023

If any Parent / Guardian of a P7 pupil who sat the GLA Entrance Assessment in Loreto Grammar School has not received results in the post, you may call the school office between 12noon and 1p.m. on Saturday 4th February.

This session is only to facilitate issue of results which have not been delivered.