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WJEC EDUQAS' A Level Religious Studies course aims to engage learners thoroughly and develop an interest in Religious Studies, which extends beyond the classroom and can be applied to the world around them.

This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of theology, ethics and philosophy of religion. Learners will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.

Specification: WJEC EDUQAS (A120U)

Key Stage 5

This is a 2 Year course of study starting in Y12 and examined in Y13. Students opting for the Religious Studies A Level, follow the WJEC/Eduqas course. There are 3 units of study:

Component 1 - Christianity – There are 4 themes to be studied: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. This unit of study focuses on the interconnections of religious beliefs and values with the modern world as well as significant social and historical changes in theology and religion.

Component 2 - Philosophy of Religion – There are 4 themes: inductive and deductive arguments for the existence of God; arguments against the existence of God; challenges to religious beliefs; religious experiences including miracles; the meaningfulness of religious language.

Component 3 - Religion and Ethics - There are four themes: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.


A Level - 100% examined through 3 papers each 2 hours long

Enrichment Opportunities

A Level academic conferences for Philosophy and Ethics

For further details, please contact Miss Moloney, Head of Religious Education

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.