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RELIGIOUS STUDIES

QUALIFICATION:

A level

OVERVIEW:

A level Religious Studies provides a coherent and thought-provoking programme of study. Students develop their understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and the philosophy of religion.

The course is made up of three components which you will be examined on.

Component 01: Philosophy of religion

  • Students study philosophical language and thought, and issues and questions raised by belief.

Component 02: Religion and ethics

  • Students explore key concepts and the works of influential thinkers, ethical theories and their application.

Component 03: Developments in religious thought

You will study one religion systematically.  This year students will study Christianity.

EQUIPMENT:

Textbooks, iPad, A4 notebook and folders to store your classwork.

SKILLS:

Successful students have a good level of written English, good communication skills, are analytical, disciplined and patient.

ASSESSMENT:

This is linear course with all exams at the end of the course. This will be in the form of 3 written papers, each lasting 2 hours. Each paper covers one of the three components mentioned above.

FUTURE PROSPECTS:

A level Religious Studies is a facilitating subject which provides a sound basis for entry into higher education, it will give a good grounding for careers working with people, such as, teacher, police officer, nursery nurse, community worker, doctor and other careers in the health service.

WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

Religious studies addresses fundamental questions through a range of religious traditions ad philosophical standpoints.  Encompassing the history, practice and thought of the major world religions, this course develops your understanding of the significance of religion and its cultural contexts.  Worldwide, six out of even people describe themselves as religious, with religious beliefs driving social and political change globally.

“As a graduate of religious studies, you will be well equipped to play an important part in this world, valued for your intercultural literacy, critical thinking, research skills and understanding of the depth and nuance of human experience” (Cambridge University).