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Religious Studies A Level


A Level

Why study this course?

  • To debate issues and analysing arguments
  • To understand and analyse ideas which are totally new to you
  • To look for answers where few exist and consider what makes people and the world ‘tick’

People often say ‘what can I do with a qualification in Religious Studies’ but, in many ways, they should say ‘what can’t I do with it?’

Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies at A level develops many key skills which are very important for life, including empathy and com- passion, critical thinking skills, independent learning, written and verbal skills and investigating current ethical issues.

Potential  careers:

• Teaching/ lecturing

• Law

• Armed Forces

• Journalism

• PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics)

• Medicine and Nursing

• Not to miss out, Religious Leader!

Course structure:

This is a two year course, with exams taken at the end of the course.

There are two exams of 3 hours each, each worth 50% of the overall result.

Course Content

Paper 1 – study of Philosophy and Ethics.

Philosophy is a discipline of enquiry, existential questions and debate. You will consider the purpose of religion and God, existence of evil and suffering, miracles, religious language and reflect the nature of life, death and the afterlife.

Philosophy is an ancient discipline which will develop your ability to reason, form judgements and ensure that you can coherently express your- self. Fundamental skills that will equip you for Undergraduate study.

How do we know right from wrong? In addition to philosophical enquiry, you will also apply Ethical theories to issues of free will and human responsibility, rights of human and animals, life and death and the concept of conscience.

Paper 2 – Study of religion and dialogues.

Is religion in decline? In this aspect of the course you will focus on a particular religion and apply theological discourse to matters on the divine, sources of authority and key beliefs. We will then consider the impact of religion on gender, sexuality, science and secularisation.

Paper 2 also requires that you examine a dialogue between the philosophical debate and the religious content. Through the study of a religion you will seek to resolve ethical dilemmas.

Staff contact:

Mrs Oxford and Miss Lee