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Joseph Leckie Academy

  • Leadership, Empathy, Community, Kindness, Integrity & Environment

Religious Education

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 A*-C grades / grade 5 (new grading structure) at GCSE or equivalent with English and maths.  Grade B or equivalent in your chosen study subject is preferred.

Course Description

Two modules are undertaken in Year 12:

Ethics- ethical theories, issues of human life and death, issues of animal life and death, introduction to meta-ethics, free will and moral responsibility, conscience, Bentham and Kant.

Philosophy of Religion- arguments for the existence of God, evil and suffering, religious experience, religious language, miracles, self and life after death.

Two modules are undertaken in Year 13:

Study of Religion- Christianity- sources of wisdom and authority, God/gods/ultimate  reality, self, death and the afterlife, good conduct and key moral principles, expression of religious identity, religion, gender and sexuality, religion and science, religion and secularisation, religion and religious pluralism.

Dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.  How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.


These units will be assessed by essays during the course of the year and at the end of the year in external, formal examinations of two, three hour examinations.

Career Opportunities

  • Social Services
  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Solicitor
  • Politics
  • Journalist
  • Religious Interpreter
  • Law
  • Research

Course Details

For more information please contact Mrs A Garcha, Head of Department.


All students will need to buy with their own individual copies of the required study guides for the AQA Examining Board.