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