A-Level Religious Studies


The Religious Studies A-Level course takes in a range of interesting subjects, from the philosophy of religion to the ethical theories of Bentham and Kant to a detailed study of religion itself.

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A-Level Religious Studies

  • Course code: OSC1168
  • Delivery method: Online or Paper
  • Course duration: 24 Months
  • AQA Specification Code: 7062
  • Exam Fees are not included

Entry requirements: You do not require any previous knowledge to enroll on this course.

This home study course will open your mind to new ways of thinking and is a wonderful compliment to a university application based on humanities, such as History or English Literature.

Students studying with us will be studying Christianity for the ‘Study of Religion’ component. Any student who wishes, or needs, to study one of the other options (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, or Judaism) must make other arrangements. We would love to offer these options, but are limited by the availability of qualified course authors.

This A-Level Religious Studies specification is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines
  • Develop their interest in religion and belief and relate it to the wider world
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their study
Course Content



  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience.
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death


  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta-ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant
  • For the second component, in relation to Christianity, there are three sections



  • The sources of wisdom and authority
  • God and ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expressions of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism


  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on, philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied


  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on, ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.


Qualification Information

To achieve the full Religious Studies A-Level you will be assessed across the above sections. These sections will be assessed by two paper-based examinations. Details of these are provided below:

Paper 1: Component 1 – Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Weighing: 50% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Section A Philosophy of religion and section B ethics and religion
  • Assessment format: Four compulsory two-part question

Paper 2: Component 2 – Study of Religion and Dialogue

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Weighing: 50% of AS
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Section A study of religion, section B the dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion and the dialogue between ethical studies and religion
  • Assessment format: Two compulsory two-part questions and questions on the chosen religion and two unstructured synoptic question


Under the new A Level specifications, the AS Level is now a separate qualification, and does not count towards the full A Level. If you still wish to sit the AS exams our course does cover the content. However, we would always advise you to check with their chosen exam centre about the availability of exams.

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).

You will also need to take the standard A-Level examinations in order to fully complete this course. The examinations run on specific dates, which can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. You will be required to book these examinations yourself, but we can provide a list of over 400 A-Level test centres around the country to help with this.

Once you have successfully completed the examinations you will receive the AQA accredited A-Level in Religious Studies

Course Length Information
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Additional information

Study Method

Paper Manual, Online

Paper based courses are only available for UK deliveries. Online courses are available for UK and International students. Dismiss