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A level Religious Studies

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AS19
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course explores a variety of ethical and philosophical areas of study looking to expand students’ ability to ‘think’ properly. It covers the thoughts of Plato and Aristotle through to modern contributions today. Students will develop an attractive range of skills in the eyes of future employers within their studies, not least interpretation, application and critical analysis.

During the course there are opportunities to take part in educational visits to listen to key modern thinkers at Manchester University to develop understanding and examination skills.


Philosophy of Religion

• ancient philosophical influences • the nature of the soul, mind and body • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God • the nature and impact of religious experience • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil • ideas about the nature of God • issues in religious language

Religion and Ethics

• normative ethical theories • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance • ethical language and thought • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

Developments in Religious Thought (Christianity)

• religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world • sources of religious wisdom and authority • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

How will it be delivered?

All units are assessed by written examination; there is no coursework element. Each exam is equally weighted and will include extended answers.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English and 5 in Religious Studies

Your next steps...

Students develop skills in the full learning spectrum. Highly important are critical analysis and evaluation.Interpretation of sources and clear communication are vital to success.

The course lays the foundation for further study of any Social Science degree. 

Possible careers include: anything that involves working with people! Key areas are Law, Social Services, Teaching, Journalism and Media.


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