Based at the Workington Academy site.

Examination Board


Entry Criteria

GCSE Grade 5 in English Language required
GCSE Grade 5 in Religious Studies recommended


There will be a written exam on each component. The exam questions will be essay style questions which will test your knowledge and your ability to evaluate.

Why you should study Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics

The philosopher, Socrates, said of the study of ethics that ‘We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live.’

Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics is for you if you enjoy discussion and debate and have an enquiring mind. Be warned what you learn about in Philosophy and Ethics has the potential to change your life.

Course Content

The course is made up of three components:

The Study of Religion – This component provides the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of Christianity, covering themes ranging from religious figures and sacred texts to practices that shape religious identity. This study of religion includes looking at religious
approaches to social and ethical issues. A knowledge of Christianity is essential requirement in understanding British and European culture.

Philosophy of Religion – Philosophy is the study of knowledge, and is all about asking ultimate questions about life, death and the universe. This component provides the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes, such as the existence of God, the Problem of Evil and life after death.

Religion and Ethics – Ethics is the study of right and wrong, and how we make moral decisions. This component provides the opportunity to look at different theories about how we should make ethical decisions. You will also apply these theories to different ethical issues such as crime and punishment and medical ethics.

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

Religious Studies has been a popular subject at A/AS level for some time and is recognised as a traditional and rigorous academic subject by Universities. AS/A level Religious Studies opens the way for degree courses in Theology, Comparative Religion, Philosophy, Law, and Sociology. It helps to develop invaluable skills such as critical thinking, building an argument, research, and evaluation. Therefore, it is seen as a good basis for a number of career choices including law, journalism, teaching and social work. Increasingly professionals in a number of sectors have to consider the ethical concerns that this course gives you a good grounding in.

Finally, studying Religious Studies is an enjoyable experience, which gives you the space to reflect on what matters to you personally and helps you to reflect on the ultimate questions of life.

You do not need to have studied RE GCSE to do this course.