Religious Studies AS Level

An AS level in Religious Studies will help you develop critical and evaluative skills through a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world. You will study aspects of one or more religions, looking at theological, ethical, phenomenological and philosophical perspectives.

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This course is one of our new Gold Star AS levels. Find out more about them here.



Entry requirements

A general education up to GCSE level or equivalent is recommended for this course.


This course follows specification 8RS0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Hours of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an AS level course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Some students allow 18-24 months to complete an AS level, but others complete the course within a year.

Exams and assessment

Three exams:

  • 1 hour, 33.3% of marks
  • 1 hour, 33.3% of marks
  • 1 hour, 33.3% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

NEC's tutor-marked assignments:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 5 assignments

Additional information

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How to enrol

How to enrol
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  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

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Section 1 - Introduction to religious studies

  • Introduction to philosophy of religion
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Introduction to Christianity

Section 2 - The existence of God

  • The design argument
  • Modern design arguments
  • The cosmological argument
  • The ontological argument
  • Modern ontological arguments

Section 3 - Religious and ethical debates

  • Religious experience
  • The problem of evil
  • Environmental ethics
  • The ethics of equality
  • Anthology: Mackie

Section 4 - Theory and application of ethics

  • Utilitarianism
  • Natural moral law
  • Situation ethics
  • War and peace
  • Sexual ethics
  • Anthology: Barclay

Section 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
Including area code and country code (if outside of UK)

AS Level Religious Studies Course Sample

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