Religious Studies AS/A2 Level



What will you study

In Year 12 we study two of the following three units.

Religion in Contemporary Society:
This looks at the place and relevance of religion in the world we live in. The unit covers themes such the psychology of religion, New Religious Movements, euthanasia and animal rights. Students will also consider the ways in which modern media such as the internet, soap operas and the Simpsons portray religion.

In this unit students have the opportunity to study this fascinating and colourful Eastern religion in depth. We explore the myths and symbolism of Hindu gods and goddesses, the festivals of India and the celebration of rites of passage. An important part of the course is the opportunity to experience Hindu worship first hand. Each year the department offers a three day visit to London where students visit Neasden Temple (pictured above)  and share a meal with worshippers.

In the Ethics unit, student will explore the whole area of what defines ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ behaviour and how, as individuals and as a society we decide what is right and wrong. Ethical theories will be applied to dilemmas from the topic of sexuality and will include a chance to discuss issues such as pre and extra martial sex, homosexuality, marriage and divorce.


Who is the course for?

AS Religious Studies is a popular choice. It encourages students to think about the world we live in. The promotion of community cohesion is at the heart of the subject. We focus on learning from rather than simply learning about religion. 

Entry requirements

It is expected that students opting for this course will have achieved a grade B or above in Religious Studies at GCSE level, in addition to a higher grade GCSE pass in English. Students who have not studied RS at GCSE need to have good GCSE grades, preferably including a Humanities subject.

How you will be assessed

The AS qualification is examined at the end of the first year. Candidates will sit two 75 minute written papers. Throughout the year teacher assessed essays will monitor student progress.

Progression routes

Religious Studies qualifications are useful in a variety of careers, particularly those that involve working with people. Former students have gone on to university to study in a wide range of fields, including medicine, journalism, events management, youth work, teaching, archaeology and social work.