Religious Studies is all about discussing and debating big issues. This course will give you the opportunity to explore your own beliefs, values and ideas as well as critically responding to those of others.
At a time when discussions of religion, religious beliefs and the relevance of belief in God are constantly in the media, this course will give you the opportunity to engage with, and respond to, some of the most important questions facing society today. By the end of your study, you will be able to explain, interpret and compare religious beliefs and apply them to a range of philosophical and ethical issues.
Our Religious Studies course has two main elements. In Philosophy of Religion you will consider a range of different arguments for the existence of God and explore different ideas about the self, death and the afterlife. In Ethics, you will learn different ethical theories, around sexual ethics, embryo research, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, animal ethics and the use of animals for human purposes.
The course aims to promote an enquiring, critical and sympathetic approach to the study of religion and related issues. You will find it personally enriching and develop a number of skills during the course.
You can use Religious Studies to enter a broad range of degree courses in Higher Education, including Religious Studies and Theology, and also History, Philosophy, Sociology, Law, English, Politics and Mathematics. Our students have gone on to lead successful careers in teaching, welfare services, law, politics, the civil service, management and accountancy.
At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade C (5) in English Language and a C in GCSE Religious Studies (if studied).