To discover and explore some of the key philosophical questions
that life presents.
To study what is meant by ‘ethics’ and how this can impact on
To gain a deeper understanding of the Christian faith in relation to
What are lessons like?
Lessons are highly engaging and interesting, yet exam focused.
Focus on the development of examination technique.
Opportunities for debate and discussion on contemporary issues.
All lessons have pre populated notes which students can annotate
Interactive revision games e.g. Kahoot
Folders are provided.
What are exams like?
There are TWO 3 hour examinations in Religious Studies.
Paper 1: Philosophy and Ethics
Paper 2: Christianity
Recommended prior learning /entry requirements:
Catholic Christianity / Christianity for GCSE study
A grade 4 in RE and English
Recommended additional reading:
Keep up to date with current affairs e.g. the news!
Richard Swinburne ‘Is there a God?’
Where can this course lead to?
This Religious Studies A Level course is viewed very highly by
universities. It is a traditional, academic subject which allows
students to become highly skilled in academic writing.
Studying this subject can help lead to a wide range of university
courses, alongside subject specific courses such as Theology and
The study of Theology / Philosophy at university can lead to a range
of careers in education, business, law and research. This type of
degree would make students eligible for a wide range of graduate
schemes in a number of different professions.
Why take Religious Studies at St Mary’s College Sixth Form?
Become highly skilled in academic writing, including evaluation
To gain a wider understanding of the world, people’s choices and
To develop essential skills for university, such as discussion and
Be a part of one of the highest performing subjects at St Mary’s
College – ALPS 2 for four consecutive years.