A-Level Religious Studies

Our course code: A019

Course fee: £895 or from £67 per month

Apply code 'FUND20' when enrolling

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A ‘religion’ is an organised collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. It can be provocative, and because of this Religion is a challenging and stimulating course to study. Religion plays an important role in our society and can influence what people think, feel, and believe. Through studying A-level Religious Studies, students get a broad look at how religion and spirituality form the basis of our culture.

This A-level Religious Studies Course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of religion and how it relates to the world. You will reflect on and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes, engage with a variety of topical questions around belief, values, meanings, purpose and truth. This course will develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of Religion and its relation to the wider world. You could then go on to higher education to study a wide range of courses including Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Sociology and the Social Sciences. A-Levels are qualifications that count.

A-levels are the gold standard for education in the UK, recognised by universities and employers alike as a mark of significant achievement. Having an A-level demonstrates a thorough understanding of a subject, will boost your career prospects and will open up new opportunities for you. This A-Level Religious Studies course has been written to the latest specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success.

You’ll have everything you need to succeed, starting with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Administration and 7-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Pro-active personal tutors – we contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Religion plays an important role in our society and can influence what people think, feel, and believe.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Proactive tutors

    We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

  • Awarding body: Edexcel
  • Our course code: A019
  • Qualification code: 9RS0

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.


All enrolments now will be for exams in Summer 2021.

Official exams

  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you will also be required complete the following:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments.

These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course. There is no coursework.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in Religious Studies, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but it is strongly recommended that you have the ability to read and write English effectively.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: Introduction to religious studies
  • Introduction to philosophy of religion
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Introduction to Christianity
2: The existence of God
  • The design argument
  • Modern design arguments
  • The cosmological argument
  • The ontological argument
  • Modern ontological arguments
3: Religious and ethical debates
  • Religious experience
  • The problem of evil
  • Environmental ethics
  • The ethics of equality
  • Anthology: Mackie
4: Theory and application of ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Natural moral law
  • Situation ethics
  • War and peace
  • Sexual ethics
  • Anthology: Barclay
5: Christianity
  • The nature of God
  • The Trinity
  • The nature of the Church
  • The Bible
  • The role and nature of Jesus
  • Shaping and expressing Christian identity
  • Anthology: Moltmann
6: Religious language
  • Analogy and symbol
  • Verification and falsification
  • Anthology: Flew, Hare and Mitchell
  • Language game
7: Belief and unbelief
  • Critiques of religious belief
  • Anthology: the Russell-Copleston debate
  • Life after death, 1
  • Life after death, 2
  • Religion and science: methodology
  • Creation and cosmology
8: Ethical language, deontology and medical ethics
  • Kant’s deontological ethics
  • Aristotelian virtue ethics
  • Meta-ethics: cognitivism
  • Meta-ethics: non-cognitivism
  • Religion and morality
  • Medical ethics: the beginning of life
  • Medical ethics: the end of life
9: Christianity and society
  • The challenge from science
  • Secularisation
  • New movements in theology
  • Pluralism and diversity
  • Gender equality and discrimination
10: Atonement: works of scholars
  • Atonement theory
  • Anthology: Hick
  • Anthology: Barth
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.