AS-level Religious Studies

Both of the AS-level Religious Studies units are used to provide a foundation of knowledge on which to base your studies at A2-level, should you choose to progress to that level. Typically these two AS-level units require you to study and compare at least two areas of religion chosen from: the six major world religions (each as an individual options), ethics, philosophy of religion or the New Testament eg.

You could study Buddhism and religious philosophy, or a narrower choice like Christianity and the New Testament. You will also have to undertake studies that investigate the notions of ethics and morality with respect to religion. This might be achieved by comparing medical ethics to the problem of preventing suffering or what is life and death in relation to the idea of life after death etc.

A2-level Religious Studies

A2-level Religious Studies will focus your attention on to topics that are broadly described as religious philosophy and the ethics of religion. Here you might again compare and contrast the philosophy behind any two world religions, or perhaps you might decide to study, at a philosophical level, what the term “soul” might mean or how “God” interplays with the concept of ultimate reality.

When studying religious ethics as part of your A2-level Religious Studies, it will begin by covering the established standards of ethics theory such as things like Aristotle's view of “virtue ethics”. It will then go on to discuss ethical issues in modern society, ie. business, health and sexual ethics. All of these studies will be done in relation to the six major world religions.

Studying for A-level Religious Studies Online

You can take the qualification A-level Religious Studies online. As it is an intensely research based A-level, requiring extensive study of set texts, all of the materials needed to succeed in this A-level can be made available online. Studying other various aspects of A-level Religious Studies online should be rewarding to you as well.

For example, you could go online to discuss a philosophical/ethical aspect of New Testament writing with people in Africa/America/Asia; or discuss Judaism online with someone living in an Israeli kibbutz … etc. To sit the exams for this A-level you will need to attend a formal assessment centre approved by the examining board.

What Advantages Will A-level Religious Studies Offer You?

Taking A-level Religious Studies will allow you the time to think, in an academic context, about religion – regardless of your personal religious inclinations. It will do this by developing both your knowledge and understanding of religion(s) and, especially, how religion interacts with our modern world. A-level Religious Studies will also help you to develop your skills in critically analysing and reflecting on both personal and world values and opinions.