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Religious Studies A Level

Course Description

Do you want an A Level that will
• Stretch your mind?
• Introduce you to great thinkers?
• Give you a qualification respected throughout higher education?

Do you enjoy debating and arguing the BIG issues such as:
• If God is good why does evil exist?
• How did the Universe begin?
• Do I actually KNOW anything?
• Can we eliminate suffering?
• Do the answers lie with God, Science or ourselves?
• How do I make moral decisions?
• Do we need God to be moral or are we capable of choosing right from wrong on our own?
• Do right and wrong, good and bad actually exist?
• Do I have a conscience? If so where did it come from?
• Looking at contemporary society and see how religion affects our daily lives.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/ A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

You will be required to study six units, three in the first year and three in the second.

Modules include:
Ethics: This unit includes the study of ethical theories such as Utilitarianism and Situation ethics and their attitude towards the nature and value of human life. You will be required to apply the theories to moral issues such as euthanasia and sexuality.

Philosophy: You will also study the various arguments for the existence of God and the issues surrounding the problem of evil and human suffering. In addition to this you will explore religious experiences and the ancient Greek ideas on religion.

Christianity: You will study the key concepts within the development of Christian thought such has the person of Jesus. You will explore religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections, how they have developed historically and how they are presently.

Links with other subjects:
Religious Studies combines extremely well with most other arts/social science and humanities subjects including English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Law, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Government & Politics and Business.

Assessment

These units will each be assessed by examination; there is no coursework requirement.

Future Career Opportunities

Studying Religion is likely to broaden your compassion and interpersonal understanding, meaning you may be well suited to jobs working with people or communities. Jobs include: research, social services, nursing, teaching, law, journalism, publishing, civil service, marketing, advertising and PR.