Religious Studies

Religious Studies blends beliefs and faiths with moral and ethical issues. Studying Religious Studies has an ever-increasing relevance to the modern world. Students have the opportunity to examine conflicting viewpoints such as whether science and religion can agree on, for example, evolution and the afterlife, as well as religion and ethical issues such as euthanasia and the environment. In the second year, students will build upon content, ideas and skills to tackle difficult and complex philosophical issues.

What skills will I develop?

This course will provide you with a sound understanding of ethics; covering a range of systems. It will enable you to understand religious experience and some specific aspects of religions.

You will also develop your essay writing skills, and your ability to study and interpret texts in examinations.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Examination: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (3 hours - 50%)

  • Section A: Philosophy of religion
  • Section B: Ethics and religion

Component 2 - Examination: Study of Religion and Dialogues (3 hours - 50%)

  • Section A: Study of Religion (Christianity or Islam)
  • Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion
  • Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

Where does the course lead?

This subject can lead to university courses in Theology, Religious Studies or Philosophy. You will gain the skills and knowledge that are useful for many jobs, including business administration, retail, the armed forces and social care.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Leanne Gallagher

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent)

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%