Religious Studies A level

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.


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

• different 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)

• looking at the major themes of Christian Thought over time • Jesus, knowledge of God, the Bible as a principle source of moral authority - or not • human nature • death and the afterlife • key themes related to the relationship between religion, gender 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 Language and (if studied) 5 in Religious Studies

Your next steps...

Students develop skills in the full learning spectrum. Highly important are critical analysis and evaluation. "Students will also gain skills in interpreting complex ideas and arguing and presenting concepts." 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. 

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