A Level Religious Studies
OSC1294 / OSC1315
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- Gain an official A Level Religious Studies qualification from AQA.
- Achieve up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university.
- Nationally recognised accredited A Level qualification that is the same course offered in schools and colleges.
- No waiting around for term to start - you can enrol today and start studying as soon as you are ready.
- Study this online A Level from home at your own pace.
- Benefit from the full support of your personal tutor via email.
- Choose to include exams and save up to £400*.
Explore the Christian religion with our A Level Religious Studies course and learn more about arguments for the existence of God, issues of both human and animal life and death, key moral principles, and sources of wisdom and authority.
Degrees this subject could lead to
This A Level Religious Studies course is ideal for anyone considering studying a degree in subject areas like travel and tourism, childcare and education, law, health and social care, or the arts.
Future career options
The skills and knowledge gained during your studies will also come in useful for careers in social work, healthcare, education, leisure and tourism, or as a tour guide in a museum or visitor attraction.
A Levels via distance learning
This A Level Religious Studies course is exactly the same as an A Level you would study at school or college, meaning you will take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.
Up to two years.
A Level Religious Studies qualification from AQA.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.
Two written exams.
AQA specification code: 7062
- Arguments for the existence of God
- Evil and suffering
- Religious experience
- Religious language
- Self and life after death
- Normative ethical theories
- Issues of human life and death
- Issues of animal life and death
- Introduction to meta-ethics: the meaning of right and wrong
- Free will and moral responsibility
- Bentham and Kant
- For the second component, in relation to Christianity, there are three sections
- Sources of wisdom and authority
- Self, death and the afterlife
- Good conduct and key moral principles
- Expressions of religious identity
- Christianity, gender, and sexuality
- Christianity and science
- Christianity and the challenge of secularisation
- Christianity, migration and religious pluralism
- The dialogue between Christianity and philosophy
- The dialogue between Christianity and ethics
You will have two years to complete your A Level Religious Studies course.
The only deadlines involved in studying this course are concerning the A Level exam timetables. Please see the exams and assessments section for more information on this.
Exams and assessments
To achieve your A Level Religious Studies qualification, you must complete the exams. There are two written exams for this course which will cover the topics studied on this course. A breakdown of the exam papers can be found in the following section.
When you enrol on your course, you will have the option to add your exams to your enrolment, or you can select the course-only option.
Choosing to add the exams package
If you choose to add your exams on to your enrolment, all you need to do is contact us when you are ready to sit your exams, we will book and pay for them on your behalf. Please note that the A Level exam timetable typically takes place during May and June each year. You are advised to contact us well in advance of when you intend to sit your exams so that we can confirm your place with the exam board – cut-off dates apply.
Please note, our A Level exam centre locations for this course are as follows:
- St Neots
The course only option
If you do not add your exams on to your enrolment, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams yourself. If you select this option, you must source and liaise with your chosen exam centre in order to book your exams, Open Study College will not be able to book your exams for you. In this instance, you are advised to contact AQA exam centres well in advance of their intended exam dates, as cut-off dates sometimes change.
This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.
The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:
- Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
- Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Upon successful completion of your exams, you will be awarded an A Level Religious Studies qualification issued by AQA. You will also receive UCAS points relevant to the grade you achieved to support your university application.
The final grade you achieve in your A Level will be translated into UCAS points. Based on your grade, you will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the UCAS points you need to be accepted by your chosen university.
To help you achieve the best possible grade from home, we recommend that you complete the tutor-marked assessments included in your course materials. These are designed to provide you with detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you sit your exam. Completing your tutor-marked assessments will also help your tutor to provide you with a predicted grade if this is required for your UCAS application.
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Paper 1: component 1 – philosophy of religion and ethics
- Type: written examination
- Duration: three hours
- Weighting: 50% of A Level
- Total marks: 100
- Assessed: component 1 – section A and section B
- Assessment format: four compulsory two-part questions
Paper 2: component 2 – study of religion and dialogue
- Type: written examination
- Duration: three hours
- Weighting: 50% of AS
- Total marks: 100
- Assessed: component 2 – section A and section B
- Assessment format: two compulsory two-part questions and questions on the chosen religion (Christianity) and two unstructured synoptic questions
Yes – you will study the same course, take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.
There are no entry requirements to enrol onto this course.
When you enrol on this A Level course with OSC, you will receive:
- Dedicated personal tutor support with unlimited email access.
- Dedicated student support from our student services team.
- Course materials with learning activities.
- Assignment marking and feedback from your personal tutor.
- A predicted grade on completion of your tutor-marked assignments, if required for your university application.
- A free CV critique service and employability guide if you’re focusing on career advancement.
- A free Student Discounts membership to save you money on your favourite brands.
- A study pack including a pen, study planner, and notebook*.
- If you choose to add exams to your enrolment with an A Level package, then your exam fees will be included. We will also handle the booking on your behalf. Otherwise, you will need to book your exams yourself.
* Not included with the online study option
There is no required reading for this A Level, however, you will need to conduct your own research using the internet during your studies.
Yes, in order to achieve your A Level qualification, you must complete the exams required by the course’s exam board. A Level exams take place during the summer exam period which typically falls in May and June each year.
You can choose to add your exams to your enrolment with us, in which case we will book and pay for your exams for you when you are ready. Alternatively, if you choose the course-only option, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams which can be done directly with your local exam centre.
Please note: if you add on exams you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham, Coventry, Doncaster, Bolton, Wimbledon, Taunton, or St Neots examination centre.
If you select the course-only option when enrolling on your A Level, you will need to book directly with the exam centre and pay for your exams yourself. We highly recommend researching your options before enrolling as costs can vary between centres. However, if you choose to add the exams package to your enrolment, we will take care of booking and paying for your exams for you when you are ready.
You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional.
You are still able to study our A Level courses abroad, however, you must sit your exams within the UK at an official exam centre.
It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.
That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.