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Religious Studies

Religious Studies at GCSE and A Level is so much more than the study of religion. It is a fascinating area of study where the disciplines of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics intertwine, and students are exposed with some challenging concepts which have been debated over for millennia: is there a God? Where did the universe come from? How do I decide what is right and wrong? What about abortion and euthanasia? Why do people believe in the Bible? Are all faiths equally true? Can war ever be morally justifiable?

Whether you are religious or not, everyone can appreciate the importance of these questions. Religious Studies, especially the philosophical and ethical components, lends itself to many careers including politics and law.

“Religious Studies makes a key and unique contribution to understanding heritage and values.”

Nicole, Subject Specialist

Our Approach

At the heart of any Religious Studies course are the core concepts and theories: who is the person of Jesus? What is Utilitarianism? What is morality? We ensure that students have a good grasp of these concepts and are able to apply them correctly to exam-style questions. We factor in plenty of time to ensure that students have exam practise under timed-conditions and receive meaningful feedback, often from GCSE and A Level examiners.

We pride ourselves on our ability to stretch and challenge our students to think about Religious Studies beyond the curriculum and apply the principles they have learnt in their everyday lives. Our students love thinking, debating and writing about issues such as these. Over the years we have demonstrated that students who work hard, will achieve excellent results. Just as important, though, they thoroughly enjoy the time they spend with us!

Exam Boards

We have experienced teachers with knowledge of the following exam boards:

  • AQA
  • Edexcel
  • WJEC
  • Eduquas

Wider Reading

Issues concerning ethics and religion are everywhere and our students are more exposed to them than ever, as religious communities attempt to navigate an increasingly secular world. We encourage students to have a wider appreciation of Religious Studies, Philosophy, Theology or Ethics beyond the national curriculum. Students considering an undergraduate degree in any of these disciplines should be aware of relevant news stories, current affairs, and influential academic research.

Our tutors have recommended a selection of interesting resources below:

Islam and the prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)

  • What arguments are there for God’s existence?
  • What arguments are there against the existence of God?
  • Which do you find more persuasive, creationism or evolutionary theory?
  • What evidence is there to suggest Jesus was more than a normal man?
  • In what ways was Jesus a revolutionary?
  • How does the life of Jesus impact Christians today?
  • In what ways is the life of the prophet a miracle?
  • What existed prior to Islam?
  • How did Islam shape the Middle East?  
  • What does Freedom actually mean?
  • In what ways are women treated differently from their male counterparts?
  • What can be done to eradicate gender inequality? 
  • What is the aim of prison?
  • Should prisoners still be entitled to home comforts?
  • Is prison a place for rehabilitation or retribution?
  • Is violence and chaos necessary in achieving justice?

Our Subject Specialists

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Nicole

"Religious Studies makes a key and unique contribution to understanding heritage and values."
Nicole graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Theology. Following this, she went on to complete her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme. She also holds a Masters in Leadership from University College London.
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