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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch


Examination Board: CCEA

Specification: AS & A LEVEL Religion

Why study Religion?

This subject offers students the opportunity to learn about, discuss, evaluate and learn from religious beliefs, practices and values. It allows opportunities for students to engage with challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, peoples place in society and the world around them.

What will I learn about? Unit AS 4: The Origins and

Development of the Early Christian Church to AD 325.

In this unit, students explore the beginning, growth and development of the Christian Church in the first three centuries. Students will focus on the causes and course of persecution, the development of early Christian thought and the contribution of Christian apologists.

Unit AS 7: Foundations of Ethics with Special Reference to Issues in Medical Ethics.

In this unit, students explore the themes and principles that are foundational to Christian ethics. Students learn about the origins and development of each ethical theory, focusing on the contribution of key writers and ethicists. The focus on medical ethics includes: human infertility, surrogacy and embryo research.

Unit A2 4: Themes in the Early Church and Church Today.

Students learn about the changing nature of authority and church government and the challenges of heresy. This is linked to leadership, organisation and challenges to belief. Students also learn about the impact of theologians and apologists.

Unit A2 7: Global Ethics.

At the start of this unit, students focus on moral theory. This includes the origins and development of virtue ethics and a study of free will, determinism and libertarianism. The moral theory underpins the study of global ethics, focusing on topical issues in the world today.



How is it taught?

Religious Studies is 100% exam based.

How will I be assessed?

Two external exams at the end of Year 13 worth 40% of the overall A-Level.

Two external exams at the end of Year 14 worth 60% of the overall A-Level.

Pathways to future careers/courses Religious Studies opens up a wide variety of opportunities for further and higher education. As a subject it facilitates the pursuit of interesting and rewarding careers for example in Law and Teaching.

Entry requirements

GCSE Religious Studies Grade C 

GCSE English Language Grade C