Religious Studies

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

For many people, the only thing they know about religion is the garbled message they get from the media; mention religion and people assume some kind of extremist activity. This course aims to equip students with a rigorous, academic understanding of religious beliefs and how social and historical factors have affected their development. If you want to get to grips with some of the ‘big questions,’ then this is the course for you!

Sandbach College at Sandbach High School Entry Requirements

We ask that all students achieve grade 4 or equivalent (a Level 2 pass) in at least 4 subjects, alongside the following subject specific entry requirements:

  • Grade 5 in Religious Studies 


  • Grade 5 in English

What will I learn on this course?

The course has three components: A Study of Islam, Philosophy of Religion and Religion and Ethics. The Study of Islam involves exploring religious figures and sacred texts, religious concepts and religious life, social and historical developments and practices that shape religious identity. Philosophy of Religion covers arguments for the existence of God, challenges to belief through the problem of evil and suffering, religious experience, and religious language. Religion and Ethics considers ethical thought, deontological ethics, teleological ethics, and determinism and free will. These three components are studied over the two-year course.

Examinations & Coursework

100% External Examination

Component 1: The Study of Islam

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

Potential career paths

As an academic A level with a strong focus on reasonable debate, Religious Studies will equip you with the skills for a range of careers. Previous students have gone on to study medicine, teaching, social work, law, politics, journalism and administration. Religious Studies is suitable for any career that requires a critical and analytical mind.     

Enrichment opportunities

The Religion and Worldviews department offer a wide range of opportunities for college students including clubs such as: Latin, Amnesty International, feminism club, anti-racism clubs. Many of our students get opportunities to visit both face to face and virtual conferences to expand their knowledge and understanding of issues.