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Religious Education

You have to work hard, and learn your key terms, but it's fun."

"I really enjoyed the trip to the Cambridge Buddhist centre, especially the meditation."

We will be studying Philosophy, Ethics and Buddhism to achieve an A level qualification in this subject. In Philosophy, we look at some of the debates over the existence of God, the idea of life after death and issues of evil and suffering. The words and work of philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas and Descartes are all considered. In Ethics, we address the issues of where our ideas of right and wrong come from, and whether anything can ever be said to be absolutely wrong on all occasions. Should we consider the consequences when we make ethical decisions, or is it all about a specific action? We will discuss ethical issues such as war, sexuality, the environment and euthanasia during this course. In Buddhism, we get to grips with a very different religious tradition, one without a belief in a creator God or a soul. How did Buddhism develop, and how is it practised in countries like Thailand?

Students without a GCSE in this subject will be dealt with at interview.

Entry Requirement

A minimum of grade 4 in Maths and English Lang plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5

Subject Specific Requirements

Grade 5 in RE (Full or short course) and 5 in English Language.


There is no coursework component in A level RE. All assessment will be by exam at the end of the course, in June of Year 13.

During the course, students will be asked to complete essays on a regular basis, but background reading and independent research is also part of achieving success in this subject.

Future Applications 

Religious Studies is accepted as a good academic qualification when applying for courses in higher education. It is a useful discipline for anyone who wishes to work closely with people in careers like medicine, social work or teaching. The philosophical and ethical nature of this course means that it is popular with anyone considering legal work, journalism, broadcasting, the police or the armed forces.


Jessamine - Religion and Theology at University of Manchester
Roisin - Sociology at University of Nottingham
Maya - Philosophy at University of York
Abigail - University of Columbia, New York, USA