A Level

Religious Studies

  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Religious Studies

Explore and discuss Ethics, Philosophy and Buddhism. Religious Studies is an attractive option if you are interested in exploring and debating the fundamental questions which all human beings ask: What or who is God? Why is there suffering and evil in the world? What is the right way to live? Is there anything beyond death?

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature.

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for Religious Studies is 58.

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About the Course

The course includes the study of Buddhism and how this fascinating religion and philosophy has evolved and developed over time. It also introduces you to some of the great debates and thinkers in religion, philosophy and ethics.

This subject will appeal to you if you are enthusiastic and want to understand the deeply held convictions of others and to examine your own assumptions and beliefs.

2023 Religious Studies A level results


41% of our students achieved A* to A


82% of our students achieved A* to B 


100% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

The skills gained from Religious Studies are invaluable for a wide range of degree courses and careers. It can help with the development of skills in critical thinking and analysis and can help understanding of people and customs.

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Hear from our students

Religious Studies has encouraged me to challenge the world around me. More importantly, it has made me more open-minded and tolerant to other beliefs and theories, which is a quality that I will always be grateful for.

Chloe, Year 12 student

Buddhism is an amazing religion to study and Ethics makes you question your own morality.

Seb, Year 12 Student

Quick facts


242 year 12 and 13 students take Religious Studies

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.