Why Study A Level Religious Studies?
The study of A Level Religious Studies allows Students to build their knowledge and understanding of both Christianity and begin to investigate the topics of Philosophy and Ethics in more Detail. This qualification will allow students to apply a wide range of concepts allowing them to confidently interpret, contextualise and analyse the expressions of religions and world views they encounter.
Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills to enable them to present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, helping students to generate vital skills for the next stage of their life, be that education or the world of work.
What will I study?
Our students currently follow the AQA GCE qualification in Religious Studies. The Course is split into two sections:
Christianity and Dialogues
Sources of Wisdom and Authority
Self, Death and Afterlife
Good Conduct and Key More Moral Principles
Expressions of Religious Identity
Christianity, Gender and Sexuality
Christianity and Science
Christianity and the Challenge of Secularisation
Christianity Migration and Religious pluralism
Philosophy and Ethics
Arguments for the existence of God
Evil and Suffering
Introduction to Ethical Theories
Application of Ethical Theories to issues of Theft, Lying, Human and Non Human Life
Self, Death and Afterlife
Introduction to Meta-Ethics
Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Bentham and Kant
Students undertake two exam papers, one for each section of the course. Each paper is 3 hours and contribute to 50% of students grade each.
What are the entry requirements?
Religious Studies B grade at GCSE is required to undertake this course. No commitment to any of the Christian Churches is presupposed or required by the syllabus.
How is the course taught?
students will be taught the course over 6 lessons a week. These are split into 3 lesson for each section of the course. Students will have two teachers for A Level RS, one teacher covering the Christianity material and one covering the Philosophy and Ethics material.
A willingness and fascination to debate and explore ideas with an open mind is essential for this course students are encouraged to identify basic questions of ethics, philosophy and religion. Students are provided with a Course textbook but wider reading is expected to support their understanding and develop their knowledge of key scholars, schools of thought and debates around the material covered.
Further Education or Potential Career Outcomes
Religious Studies is a broad subject that encompasses many areas of study. As a result, the subject benefits students in developing a wide variety of skills both academically and socially. A levels involving philosophy, theology and ethics enjoy a very high status with employers and universities.