Welcome To Religious Studies: Religion, philosophy and ethics

Students study AQA Religious Studies. This is a two year course with assessment at the end of Year 13. The course breaks down in to three elements: The philosophy of religion and ethics, and the study of religion, focusing on Christianity. RS is accepted by most universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is one of the oldest academic disciplines, dating back to Ancient Greece. Philosophy literally means “love and pursuit of wisdom”, which means asking the questions that need asking and considering the different answers possible. Philosophy as it is known today began with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in Athens. The Philosophy of Religion is asking all of those eternal questions about God and religion – Is there a God? What proof is there? How can God exist when there is so much suffering in the world? What does the term ‘God’ actually mean? And so on…

What is Ethics?

We talk about ethics all the time in our day to day lives when we talk about what so and so did which was good or bad, or read about people’s ethical actions in the paper. In a nutshell, ethics is the study of what is right, wrong, good and bad, and looks at how people come to these conclusions.  A Level RS Ethics lessons look at the ideas different philosophers and theologians have come up with as to what is the best way to make a moral decision and apply it to a variety of issues such as blood sports or embryo research and cloning.

A Level Religious Studies equips learners with:

  • An enquiring mind
  • Skills of analysis
  • The ability to develop an argument
  • To consider and evaluate the views of others
  • The ability to apply their knowledge to a range of topics


Students will be expected to have achieved a grade 5 or above at GCSE Religious Studies. The skills required for RS are an enquiring mind, the ability to think for oneself and a willingness to share and discuss the ideas of you and others.