Religious Studies

religious studies

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

This course provides you with an opportunity to explore and discuss the wonders of philosophical and ethical thought and religious ideas old and new. There are three exam papers which are all sat at the end of year 13.

Philosophy of Religion

In this module you will consider the cosmological argument and religious experience as evidence of God’s existence. You will also study atheism and post modernism to consider the relevance of Religion in today’s society.

Religion and ethics

In this module you will explore how different ethical theories have developed and how they have impacted the way we view the world and make decisions.

World Religions: Christianity

In this module you will explore religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world. You will asked to explore and evaluate the important role Christianity has and continues to play.

What qualifications do I need?

Previous study of Religious Education is not essential but some awareness of different cultures and beliefs would be desirable.

ASSESSMENT

A level candidates answer two structured essay questions in three separate exams of 2 hours each. One exam for each of the three topics covered and each exam is worth one third of the final A level grade.

GENERAL COMMENTS

The course is both challenging and rewarding and guides you into questioning the ideas and models of religious thought, past and present. You may even discover a new and more philosophical outlook on life!

Reading newspapers and watching related television programmes will help candidates develop awareness of different cultures and how current world events affect a person’s beliefs.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

A-level Religious Studies is a well regarded course that is a useful qualification for entry to many courses in Higher Education. In particular, it is relevant for those students considering a career in any of the ‘caring’ professions, e.g. social work, police, education.

It would be an invaluable background for anyone wishing to study Theology, Philosophy, History of Art, English, History or Religion at degree level.