Religious Studies

Minimum Entry Criteria

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in RS or 7 in English Language

May be accepted on the course: 6 in RS or 6 in English Language



Outline of the Course

  • Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion: Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.
  • Unit 2: Religion and Ethics: Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.
  • Unit 3: Study of Religion (Buddhism): Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.



Type of Assessment




An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. Students answer all questions in Sections A, B and C.

Section A
Two short, structured questions.

Section B
Two extended-response questions based on an excerpt, sourced from the extracts list. Relevant excerpts will be printed in the examination paper.

Section C
An extended essay question.

2 hours (per paper)

33.3% of the qualification (per paper)


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