Religious Studies

  • Examination board: OCR
  • Course length: 2 years

Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for the Academic or Combination study pathway. In addition, students must have GCSE Grade 6 in Religious Studies or English Language (or equivalent at BTEC Level 2).

Religious Studies is the study of issues and questions that have been considered throughout human history and continue to challenge who we are and what is important to us today.

It provides students with the opportunity to learn about Philosophers and their ideas as well as developing their own ideas about life, beliefs and how people behave.


Students study three modules:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Developments in Religious thought

These include a study of Ancient Greek Philosophy, arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, ethical language, Natural Law, Euthanasia and Sexual ethics along with key developments in religious thought from a Christian perspective. Examination for the AS level is at the end of year one.


In year two, study of the three modules continues with consideration of additional issues such as:

  • Religious Language
  • The Nature of God
  • Conscience
  • Ethical Language
  • Liberation Theology
  • Gender

Students will have the opportunity to attend an A-level conference providing them to opportunity to embed their learning in school and engage with other students of Philosophy and Ethics around the country.

Religious Studies at Bourne Academy is a full A-level which takes two years.


No external exams take place in year one. Internal mock papers/practice assessments take place throughout the year to prepare for year two.


At the end of the second year, students will be required to sit a 2 hour exam for each of the three modules.

This course is a good foundation for further study of Religious Studies, Philosophy or Theology. Universities value the way the course encourages students to evaluate and question ideas. Students will acquire a range of skills such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and evaluative pieces of writing that will prepare them well for higher education and employment. The ethical areas of the course have relevance to all parts of life including business, medicine, government and law.

If you have any questions about this subject please email or call 01778 391246.

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