Religious Studies A-Level
Why study Religious Studies at A Level?
Religious Studies helps pupils to grasp the complexities of religious beliefs, practices and values. By studying RS at A Level, pupils will develop the ability to think creatively and evaluate and construct logical and convincing arguments.
Pupils who take Religious Studies at A Level will follow the CEA specification.
At AS Level we study, AS Unit 4: The Origins and Development of the Early Christian Church to AD 325 and AS Unit 7: Foundations of Ethics with Special Reference to Issues in Medical Ethics.
Overview of AS
- The development of the Early Church
- Developing Christian belief and practice
- Early Christian writers
- Constantine and the church
- Other aspects of human experience e.g. critically evaluating the relationship between religion and the state
- Deontological approaches to moral decision making
- Teleological approaches to moral decision making
- Life and death issues e.g. abortion and euthanasia
- Developments in bioethics
- Other aspects of human experience e.g. moral absolutes in an age of relativism
Two externally assessed written papers, 1 hour 20 minutes each.
Each paper is worth: 50% of AS
Both papers are worth 40% of the overall A Level.
At A2 Level we study, Unit A2 4: Themes in the Early Church and the Church Today and Unit A2 7: Global Ethics.
- Church authority and division
- Early Christian Literature
- Belief and belonging in the modern world
- Synoptic assessment theme: Faith, morality and the state
- Moral theory
- Global rights
- Global issues
- Synoptic assessment theme: Conscience, freedom and tolerance
Two externally assessed written papers, 2 hours each.
Both papers comprise of the remaining 60% of A Level.
Pupils should make sure they keep up to date with current affairs and moral issues in the media.
They can also access revision videos on our RS Fronter site.
The CEA microsite is also useful for exam tips and access to past paper questions.