Religious Studies

Course Overview

Religious Studies challenges people to think deeply about some of the most profound questions in life. It is an academic and demanding course, in which discussion plays an essential role. The A Level course promotes independent critical thought and the ability to construct arguments. It encourages students to develop an awareness of different ways of understanding the world as well as a deeper understanding of their own views and opinions. Religious Studies appeals to individuals who are inquisitive and willing to challenge their own attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of others.

Course Outline

The Philosophy of Religion unit studies some of the classic arguments which attempt to prove the existence of God together with the philosophical challenges to these arguments. We will also consider the challenges to religious belief posed by psychology and science.

The Ethics unit asks questions about what makes a right thing right and a wrong thing wrong. It asks whether there are absolute rules which we should always follow, or should we be more concerned about the consequences of our actions? We also get to grips with some of the most pertinent ethical issues raised by euthanasia, business ethics and the nature of the conscience.

The Developments in Christian Thought unit looks at how the religion began and its key beliefs such as the Trinity and life after death. It looks at new aspects of Christianity such as Feminist theology, Liberation theology and the Challenge of Secularism. It also considers the material in the Bible and asks where it came from and what status it has.

Examination 100%
The course is 100% exam based, therefore there is no coursework/assignments involved when studying the course.

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6. You should also have grade 6 in English Language, or another essay-based subject.


You can follow a variety of paths including degree courses, employment or an apprenticeship. A qualification in Religious Studies can lead to a wide range of careers including working in the media, law, medicine, journalism, social work and teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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