Religious Studies A Level
History, Philosophy and Theology
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What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
This course aims to develop interest and enthusiasm for the rigorous academic study of philosophy, religion and ethics through knowledge, understanding and evaluation of selected topics. The course looks to build on and extend the issues studied at GCSE.
This course is open to those who have a genuine interest in Religious Studies. You do not have to be religious to take Religious
Studies as this is the academic study of religion, philosophy and ethics. What you do need is a lively, enquiring mind and the willingness to critically study different viewpoints. All universities recognise Religious Studies and you can use this qualification to help gain entry into a number of different courses. It naturally combines well with the other Humanities subjects.
Religious Studies is a subject that will stimulate your mind and open doors to countless careers. Over the course of the two years students will learn about the complex relationships between philosophy, ethics and religion. Students will be introduced to a broad range of issues from both a historical and modern perspective.
How will it be delivered?
Students study 3 modules concurrently. The topics aim to develop critical thinking and evaluation skills.
Students are encouraged to research, discuss and debate the issues surrounding each unit of study. Understanding and progress is regularly assessed through student presentations, research activities, debates, quizzes and essays.
Final assessment is through three two-hour essay based papers, one on each module of study.
Philosophy of Religion- This unit introduces students to the study of philosophy and examines the question of the existence
of God. Students will cover the following topics: Arguments for God’s existence, Nature and influence of religious experience, Problems of evil and suffering, Life after death, Philosophical language, Works of scholars and Issues in philosophy and science.
Religion and Ethics - This unit introduces students to the relationship between religion and ethics. Students will focus on the
following topics: Significant concepts in issues and debates, The study of 3 ethical theories, Application of ethical theories, Ethical language, Deontology and Virtue ethics, Works of scholars and Medical ethics.
Study of a Religion - This unit introduces students to the study of a world religion, its core beliefs and practices. Students will
cover the following topics: Beliefs, values and teachings, Sources of wisdom and authority, Practices that shape and express religious identity, Social and historical developments, Works of scholars and Religion in Society.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE Grades in the range of 9-4, including Mathematics, English (Minimum Grade 4) AND Religious Studies at Grade 4.
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Religious Studies is recognised by universities as one of the most important academic subjects. It is classed as a facilitating subject that can help open the door to a wide variety of degrees. Having a broader understanding of the world we live in is critical in the 21st century. The knowledge and skills learnt through studying Religious Studies provides a fantastic foundation for countless future careers. In 2017 top London businesses highlighted Religious Studies as one of the most critical subjects that help to make young people more employable. Over the years former A Level student have gone on to study or train in a wide range of fields including; law, education, the armed forces, public relations, teaching, international relations, politics, journalism, business and social work.