Religious Studies A Level


Our religious studies curriculum covers two of the major world religions (Christianity and Islam), as well as contemporary ethical and philosophical themes, ensuring students have a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore. Students are challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills help to prepare students for further study.

Key Staff

Mrs Hussain
Head of Religious Education

Mrs Rahnie


The A level is a two year course comprising of the study of religion, philosophy, and ethics. Content studied includes:

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Section A: Philosophy of Religion
    • Arguments for the Existence of God
    • Evil and Suffering
    • Religious Experience
    • Religious Language
    • Miracles
    • Self
    • Life after Death
  • Section B: Ethics and Religion
    • 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
    • Kant

Component 2: Study of Religion and Dialogues

Students are required to study the aspects of the religious beliefs, teachings, values and practices of Islam

  • Section A: Study of Religion
    • Sources of Wisdom and Authority
    • God, Gods, and Ultimate Reality
    • Self
    • Death and the Afterlife
    • Good Conduct and Key Moral Principles
    • Expression of Religious Identity
    • Religion, Gender and Sexuality
    • Religion and Science
    • Religion and Secularisation
    • Religion and Religious Pluralism
  • Section B: The Dialogue Between Philosophy of Religion and Religion
    • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.
  • Section C: The Dialogue Between Ethical Studies and Religion
    • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Further Information

AQA A Level specification

For further information regarding studying A Level Religious Studies at Heartlands Academy, please contact: Mrs Hussain

Mrs Hussain

Mrs Hussain

Head of Religious Education