Religious Studies (Edexcel Pearson)

‘An unexamined life is not worth living’ –Socrates

Religious Studies allows students to explore what it means to be human and the influence of religions on individuals, cultures, societies and communities. It allows students to consider their own values and spiritual development and explore the fundamental questions of what it means to be human.

Advantages Of Studying Religious Studies:

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  • Religious Studies equips students to deal with a rapidly changing global world
  • It provides students with accurate and balanced information about the array of different world views that make up modern Britain.
  • Stereotypes and prejudices can be challenged and discussed in a safe and sensitive way
  • Students can be given tools that allow them to be able to differentiate between reliable and reputable sources in the wide array of media to help them identify which sources are more likely to lead to religious hatred.
  • Religious Education is highly regarded subject at A Level. Possible career paths include medicine, journalism, civil service, teaching, museum and curator careers to name a few.

Subject Overview

There are three strands to this course:

  • Study of Philosophy of Religion
  • Study of Ethics of Religion
  • Study of Christianity

Please note this is an outline of the course-timings subject to change

Year 12

Term 1:

  • Philosophical Issues and Question
  • A Study of Three Ethical Theories

Term 2:

  • The Nature of Religious Experience
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Environmental Ethics

Term 3:

  • Christianity-Beliefs, Values & Teachings,
  • Sources of Wisdom
  • Religious Practices
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Ethics of War and Peace

Year 13

Term 1:

  • Religious Language
  • Critiques of Religious Belief
  • Meta-Ethics
  • Deontological & Virtue Ethics

Term 2

  • Influences of Developments in Religious Belief
  • Medical Ethics
  • Christianity – Social & Historical Developments

Term 3:

  • Atonement Theory
  • Religion and Society


Assessment is by way of three written examinations at the end of Year 13.
Each examination is 2 hours.

Exam Board

Edexcel Pearson

Most Able Opportunities/Support
What are the opportunities for Most Able students in particular?

Our A Level students attend conferences whenever possible, most recently at Wellington School in Somerset.
We enter art and poetry national competitions and encourage all students to take their studies further by providing extended reading lists and on-line courses for further challenge.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Opportunities/Support

  • High-quality teaching
  • Differentiated work and assessment with scaffolding to support students
  • Personalised w/sheet if needed
  • Seating plan to suit needs and abilities
  • Exam Access Arrangements with extra time for KS5
  • Additional intervention and support

Staff list

  • Susan Nurse
  • Leila Bailward
  • Niel Apps

Useful revision website links:

Updated Sept 2019