A-Level Religious Studies

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6061-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Study mode: Full Time


Would you like to know more about the one subject that unites but also divides humans the world over? Religious belief is not necessary to study, or to enjoy this course. A-Level Religious Studies offers the opportunity to adopt an enquiring, critical, reflexive and objective approach to a subject of which knowledge is becoming increasingly important in today’s multicultural society. It provides knowledge which will not only be useful in many careers but also for life in general. Students are encouraged to develop their own values, opinions and beliefs on the religions studied in light of their learning.

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study three modules. These will be: Philosophy, Ethics and Islam. In Philosophy you will be looking at arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil in the world. Ethics will introduce you to a wide variety of approaches to defining morality i.e. through the act itself or by focusing on the end goal. The final module of Islam involves study of how Islam came about, expressions of religious identity and the Muslim belief in life after death.

During the second year, students will continue to study the same three modules and will be introduced to wider philosophical issues such as: psychological approaches to religion as a product of the human mind and the nature of near death experiences as proofs for religious belief. Ethical issues such as: morality and religion, the acceptability of animal experimentation and polyamorous relationships. Finally, in further Islam you will be studying topics such as: Sharia law, including crime and punishment, the role of the family and the extent of diversity in Islamic belief.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language.


How will I be assessed?

In Religious Studies assessment is entirely exam based and there is no coursework. Students will sit three different exams in each of the three areas of study: Philosophy, Ethics and Islam.

What can I do next?

Choosing religious studies will not restrict your career opportunities and it may even present you with the opportunity to study abroad or visit holy sites. Theology students go on to work in a wide variety of careers having gained many transferable skills that can be used in many professions; skills such as analysis of information, undertaking independent research, writing and presenting arguments. A large proportion of students do takes on roles such as researchers or teachers but the skills gained are required in other professions such as law or counselling.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Operational Researcher

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You’ll need excellent written and spoken communication skills to explain complex ideas. You'll also need to have a good understanding of how businesses work.

To do this job, you would usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in maths, management science , operational research or a similar subject.

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Secondary School Teacher

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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If you enjoy helping people with their problems and want to make a positive difference to their lives, this could be the perfect job for you. As a counsellor, you would spend time with people and help them talk about their feelings.

You will need some training to be a counsellor and most employers prefer you to have accreditation with a professional body. Counselling is often a second or third career, and life experience is highly valued.

To become a counsellor you will need to able to build trust and make people feel relaxed. You will need patience and sensitivity. You will be non-judgemental and be able to work with people from all backgrounds.

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Religious Leader

Religious leaders or faith leaders, offer help and support to the followers of their religion through spiritual and moral guidance. As a religious leader you will lead public worship and other religious ceremonies. ?

In this role you will need excellent communication skills. You will also need to have the confidence to speak in front of large groups of people. If you have a strong commitment to your religion and you can inspire other people, this role could be ideal for you.?

To find out what you will need to become a leader, you will need to speak to a leader from your particular faith. It will usually help if you have a good standard of education, and you may need a degree in a relevant subject such as theology. You may also find it useful to have relevant work experience in a related area such as teaching, charity work or social work. ?

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University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a University Plus programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Academic Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn Sixth Form. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

Blackburn Sixth Form

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, Blackburn Sixth Form is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Blackburn Sixth Form student, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education.
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so.
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve.
  • A learning environment that is academic, friendly and safe.