The World Religions course is a systematic, analytical yet empathetic study of the variety of beliefs and practices encountered in nine main religions of the world. This course seeks to promote an awareness of religious issues in the contemporary world.
- knowledge and understanding
- application and analysis
- synthesis and evaluation
- thinking and research skills
- text analysis
- use of primary sources
- ability to formulate arguments clearly
- ability to make reasoned judgments
This course is for students who want to further develop their studies from the GCSE Religious Studies Course. Students who have not studied Religious Studies will be considered but should have a desire to develop:
- an inquiring, analytical and empathetic
approach to the study of religion
- an informed understanding of the
diversity of world religions
- a respectful awareness of the
significance of the beliefs and practices to individuals.
- an understanding of how religion
affects people’s lives
- a global appreciation of the issues
surrounding religious and spiritual beliefs
- responsible and informed international
Assessment on the course is both
internal and external. The external element consists of two written exam papers and accounts for 75% of the final grade.
Paper 1: Introduction to World Religions 1.25 hours 30%
Paper 2: In-Depth Studies
1.5 hours 45%
The internal assessment is a written investigative study of an aspect of the religious experience, practice or belief of a group and/or individual adherents. It should focus around why people do what they do and/or believe what they believe. It accounts for 25% of the final grade.
Grade 4 at GCSE Religious Studies
We will consider students who have not taken GCSE Religious Studies but have a Grade 5 in English Literature and a passion for the subject.
Undergraduate studies in Religion, Philosophy and/or Ethics.
A qualification in World Religion doesn’t limit you to just this subject area, it can lead to other
opportunities such as: teaching, police work, social work, civil service, charity officer, youth worker and many more!