Leaders of industry and business are increasingly assessing potential employees in terms of their ability to work with different kinds of people, and their awareness of global issues. Religious Studies demands a rigorous analysis of human behaviour, our responsibilities to society and our rights within that society.

In addition to traditionally related subjects, universities are increasingly showing a preference for Religious Studies as a contrasting subject for traditional subject areas such as Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

You will develop an ability to form your own opinion, analyse other people’s points of view and develop a line of argument. The course develops the skills of essay writing and analysing the strength and weaknesses of an argument. These skills are useful for careers in Law, Education, Social Work, Politics, Medicine, Administration, Teaching or the Media.  Our students have gone on to study at top universities including Cambridge.

Christianity and the philosophy of religion

  • Study of Christianity – Students develop knowledge and understanding of the concept of God, the nature of the Self, Death and the Afterlife.
  • Philosophy of religion – Students study various philosophical themes including arguments for and against the existence of God, the challenge of science and the problem of evil
  • The dialogue between philosophy and religion

Christianity and ethics

  • Study of Christian ethics – analysing key moral principles including God, Equality, Justice, Honesty, Christian religious identity, sexual identity, religious pluralism
  • Ethics and religion – Students learn ethical theories, and how they apply to issues of human life and death and non-human life and death.
  • The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria, students wishing to study this subject are required to have a minimum grade 6 in Religious Studies at GCSE (or equivalent).

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