World Religions

Level: Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand World Religions for personal interest or as a foundation for further study
  • Be awarded the BSY Certificate of Competence

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

With the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches experiencing an unprecedented drop in the number of attendees, many individuals are seeking a more integrated and thorough knowledge of religion and the various forms that it takes.  This course aims to introduce the meaning of religion and explores why man may need to relate to a deity. It offers a comparison of all major religions and religious philosophies and gives guidance on spiritualism and its relevance to the New Age.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • What is Religion?
      • Worship
      • Freedom of Interpretation
  • Lesson Two
    • Christianity
      • The Book of Isaiah
    • The Early Church
      • The Acts of the Apostles
  • Lesson Three
    • Reincarnation
      • The Gnostic Scriptures
      • A State of Religion
      • ‘Breakaway’ Groups 
  • Lesson Four
    • Christian History
      • The Orthodox Angle
      • The Reformation
      • The English Reformation
      • Establishing Christianity in the New World
      • Witchcraft
  • Lesson Five
    • Judaism
      • Were the Jews the Chosen People?
      • Moses
      • The Jewish Scriptures
      • False Messiahs
      • Death and Mourning Rites
  • Lesson Six
    • Islam
      • Muhammad
      • Observances
      • Death and What Comes After
      • Shiites and Sunnis
      • The Qur’an
      • The Law of Islam
  • Lesson Seven
    • Hinduism
      • The Caste System
      • Death and Reincarnation
      • Western Influences
      • Hare Krishna
  • Lesson Eight
    • Buddhism
      • Siddhartha Gautama
      • Buddhist Teachings
      • The Three Jewels
      • The Four Noble Truths
  • Lesson Nine
    • Buddhism (Continued)
      • Ashoka
      • Quotations from the Inscriptions of Ashoka
      • Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism
      • Meditation
      • Buddhism in the West
  • Lesson Ten
    • Belief Systems
      • New’ Religions
      • The New Age
      • Theosophical Society
      • Spiritualism
      • Religion in a Changing World

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.