A Level Religious Studies


This course is perfect for anyone looking to get into University or into a related work area. The new A Religious Studies qualification looks at a range of faith-specific options and is designed to improve and develop learners understanding of the subject area including obtaining an understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints. Whatever your objectives, we are here to assist you to achieve success.

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About This Course

Our A Level in Religious Studies is ideal for those seeking to acquire a deeper understanding of religion, and the philosophy and ethics which surround it. In one neat compact package you can acquire the tools to develop your knowledge on this subject, but also gain the freedom to study on your own terms.

This fascinating 2 year A Level has been uniquely tailored for home study, meaning you can access the exact same course materials and tools offered to your college counterparts. However, you’ll have the advantage of being able to choose when, where and how you study, and even decide when you are ready to take your exams.

In fact, you can escape all the pressures of the classroom and can easily fit this course around your existing work commitments.

At the same time you can earn a valuable qualification that will challenge your mind, boost your CV and will earn you extra UCAS points that can be used in your university applications.

Course Benefits

As an A Level Religious Studies student, you’ll gain up to 56 UCAS points that can help secure your dream university spot. But the benefits of studying this fascinating subject go far beyond just that!

Religious Studies provide an opportunity to explore the most profound questions and ideas about human existence, morality, and the world around us. This course encompasses the philosophy of religion, as well as the study of ethics and key debates, meaning you’ll have the chance to delve deeply into a diverse range of perspectives and beliefs.

Through our online platform, you’ll have access to engaging and thought-provoking materials, designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of the subject matter. Our tutors are also available to provide one-to-one support and guidance, ensuring that you have everything you need to succeed.

Beyond academic development, studying Religious Studies can also provide you with valuable transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis, and communication – all of which are highly sought-after by universities and employers alike.

Enrolling in our A Level Religious Studies course will not only expand your knowledge and understanding of the world’s major religions but also provide you with a platform to explore and develop your own beliefs and ideas.

This course will:

  • Earn you up to 56 UCAS points.
  • Give you the freedom to study on your own terms free of deadlines and stress.
  • Allow you to choose when you take your exams – meaning you’ll always be ready.

Course Units

First Component
Section A: The Philosophy of Religion

  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Religious Experience
  • Miracles
  • Self and Life after Death

Section B: Ethics and Religion

  • Normative Ethical Theories
  • Issues of Human Life and Death
  • Issues of Animal Life and Death
  • Introduction to Meta-ethics: The Meaning of Right and Wrong
  • Free Will and Moral Responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant
  • For the Second Component, in Relation to Christianity, there are 3 Sections

Second Component
Section A: Study of Religion

  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
  • God
  • Self, Death and the Afterlife
  • Good Conduct and Key Moral Principles
  • Expressions of Religious Identity
  • Christianity, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Christianity and Science
  • Christianity and the Challenge of Secularisation
  • Christianity, Migration and Religious Pluralism

Section B: The Dialogue between Philosophy of Religion and Religion

  • The Dialogue between Christianity and Philosophy
  • The Dialogue between Christianity and Ethics



To achieve this full A Level, you will need to take 2 written examinations that will assess your knowledge of the course materials taught on this syllabus. During both of these examinations you will need to demonstrate your competency and comprehension of this subject matter in regards to ethics, philosophy and dialogue.

Paper 1: Component 1 – Philosophy of Religion and Ethics – this 3 hour written examination carries 50% of the weight of your A Level grade and will assess your knowledge of Section A (Philosophy of religion) and Section B (Ethics and Religion). This will consist of 4 compulsory two-part questions.

Paper 2: Component 2 – Study of Religion and Dialogue – this 3 hour written examination carries 50% of AS and will assess your knowledge of the content taught on Section A (Study of Religion), and Section B (the dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion, and the dialogue between ethical studies and religion). This will consist of two compulsory two-part questions; a question on the chosen religion, and two unstructured synoptic question.

Please Note: to complete this course you will need to take the standard A Level examinations. Dates for these examinations can be found on the AQA website.

You will need to book these exams yourself, and they will come with a fee separate from the cost of this course.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience is needed to enrol onto this course, meaning if you have a natural interest in religion, philosophy and ethics, you can use this course to broaden your knowledge.

Awarding Body

Upon completion of this course you will receive an A Level in Religious Studies accredited by the AQA.


Whilst we may specialise in the provision of distance learning courses, we always strive to ensure that every one of our students always feels supported. From our comprehensive study guides and course materials, to our dedicated personal tutors and student support team; at every opportunity you’ll receive continuous support, guidance and advice.

At a click of a button you can contact our tutors and trust that they’ll always be ready and willing to answer your questions and lend a helping hand.

Our self-assessment exercises and tutor marked study questions are similarly designed to guide and mentor your studies as our tutors will be able to use them to track your progression and offer you valuable feedback. No matter your query, you’ll never have to feel alone in your studies.

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  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

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