Religion plays a key role in everyday life, as it influences how people think, feel and act. Our AS level course explores different perspectives on religion and its impact on individuals, communities, societies and cultures.
By studying AS level Religious Studies, you’ll tackle intriguing ‘big’ themes such as life after death, the nature of evil and the existence of God. You’ll also consider topics including war, abortion and euthanasia from a religious perspective – with opportunities to reflect on your own values and attitudes as you progress.
Our AS level Religious Studies online course develops critical thinking skills and promotes effective, empathic, thoughtful communication. These skills support success in higher education and are valuable in a range of careers, such as medicine, law, counselling, business and social work.
Our AS level Religious Studies online course focuses on Christianity, but is suitable for people of all faiths, or of no religious belief. With the support of a personal tutor, you’ll explore a range of engaging topics including Christianity and society, ethics and religious language.
You’ll have the flexibility to fit study around your lifestyle, learning at your own pace. Like many NEC students, perhaps you’ll go on to study religious studies or theology at university, or use your qualification to support your next career move?
Our Religious Studies AS level course is ideal if you:
Section 1: Introduction to religious studies
Section 2: The existence of God
Section 3: Religious and ethical debates
Section 4: Theory and application of ethics
Section 5: Christianity
Study AS level Religious Studies with us and benefit from:
Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Amanda who is just one of our first-class religious studies tutors:
“Learning should be a rewarding experience for its own sake. I love ideas and think that the most valuable thing about education is the joy of gaining knowledge. The most rewarding thing about tutoring and teaching is helping students to find their own reward in learning. I have been teaching for 18 years. I am a head of faculty, an A level examiner and write NEC course materials for A level Philosophy and A level Religious Studies. I am never happier than when I am in a classroom or working 1:1 with learners of all ages.”
*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
Your course fee does not cover:
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience learning online works best when either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.
NEC’s Progress Tracker will allow you to easily track your child’s progress across their subjects and gain insight to how well they are doing through access to their assignment grades and tutor feedback.
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £495
Amount of credit: £445.50
Monthly payment: £37.13
Duration of agreement: 12 months
Total repayable: £495
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.
Study at your own pace.
There are no academic requirements for this course.
Course materials are written in English so a good level of written English is required.