York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of four grade 5s at GCSE including either English Language, History or Religious Studies.


Two years.

What will I study?

This is a stimulating course that invites you to investigate controversial areas of ethics, enter into philosophical discussion and discover religious ideas of the 21st century. GCSE Religious Studies is not a requirement.

Year 1

Philosophy of Religion: Christianity

  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Life after death
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience, how it’s assessed

Ethics, religion and society

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death

Year 2

Philosophy of Religion

  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death

Ethics, religion and society

  • Key moral principles
  • Religious identity
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience

How will I be assessed?

Two written papers at the end of the second year for the full A Level.

Preliminary reading

Religious Experience by P Cole (Pub. Hodder and Stoughton)
Ethical Studies by R Bowie (Pub. Nelson Thornes)
Puzzle of God by P Vardy

Good course combinations

This course works well with English courses.

What could it lead to?

Religious Studies, with its debate, exploration of ethical issues and investigation into belief, provides an ideal platform for courses at degree level. Professions such as law, medicine and those involving people can draw on the many varied aspects of the Religious Studies course. Past students have gone on to acting, courses in maths, human rights law and youth work.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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