The A Level Theology course is designed to develop skills in knowledge and understanding of the nature of religious belief, together with the ability critically to analyse different theories and construct balanced and informed arguments. These skills form the basis of all degree courses and prepare students very well for higher education. Whilst the A level builds on the skills acquired at GCSE, the content is quite different, so the A level can be
studied without a GCSE in Religious Studies. However, as the qualification is essay-based, a good standard of English Language is required.
There are 3 distinct areas of study, which are examined separately for both the AS and A level qualification.
Philosophy of Religion
– Ancient philosophical influences (Plato and Aristotle)
– The nature of soul, mind and body
– Philosophical arguments about the existence or non-existence of God.
– The nature of religious experience and its evidential validity
– The challenges caused by the problem of evil
– The nature of God*
– Issues in religious language*
Religion and Ethics
– Normative ethical theories (what do we mean by right and wrong?)
– The application of theory to contemporary issues (euthanasia and business)
– Ethical language and thought today*
– Debates about conscience*
– Sexual ethics*
Developments in Christian Thought
– Teaching on human nature, death and afterlife
– Sources of wisdom- natural revelation and the person of Jesus
– Christian moral principles
– Religious pluralism*
– Gender, society and theology*
– Secularism and Liberation Theology*
*A Level only
At AS level, students take 3 papers, each lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. (2 essay questions)
At A level, students take 3 papers, each lasting 3 hours. (3 essay questions)
Exam Board: AQA
5 Grade 4s and above to include at least a Grade 4 in English and Religious Education.
Religious Studies provides you with a broad base of skills, particularly useful in Law, social
sciences and the arts.
– It is a subject which is welcomed by universities (degree courses, BTEC and other vocational courses)
– It can offer you a wide range of job opportunities than any other subject. For example – architecture, police force, IT, Law, personnel and management, teaching and is a useful preparation to study for priesthood and religious life.