Sixth Form

Religious Studies 

Religious Studies comprises three disciplines of Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Religious Thought.  It is a subject which is designed to make you think. Different aspects of the course may appeal to you. There is a wealth of resources in school, so speak to the department teachers if you would like to borrow anything. 

Recommended reading - not obligatory - to be explored according to your interest. Some pre-reading will be very beneficial to you when you begin your course. 

General Introduction

Sophie’s World (particularly chapter 1) by Jostein Gaarder

The Sage Train by Nicky Hansel

Human Traces by Sebastian Foulkes - ( a novel exploring the interface between early developments in Psychology and Philosophy - Mrs Lane recommends!)

Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy     by Simon Blackburn | 5 Aug 1999

The Great Guide: What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well

by Julian Baggini | 25 May 2021

Humankind: A Hopeful History  by Rutger Bregman | 19 May 2020

Section 1            Philosophy of Religion

Use this website to explore Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Metaphysics - Focus on knowing the allegory of the cave, the theory of Forms and Aristotle's theory of causes. 

Squashed Philosophers - HOME (

Section 2            Moral Philosophy - Ethics

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)  by Simon Blackburn | 8 May 2003

The Puzzle of Ethics by Peter Vardy and Paul Grosch - we have many copies!

Ethics Matters by Peter Vardy and Charlotte Vardy - we have many copies

All are available on Amazon but do come and speak to a member of the Department for any advice. We have a number of copies of some of these books which you are welcome to borrow. Some are available online