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A Level: Religious Studies

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 60188686
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Ever since humans started to think, religion and philosophy have been a fundamental part of our development. In the 21st century, religion continues to address the same eternal human questions about life and death, values and relationships, right and wrong. Of all the factors affecting relationships between people of different ethnicity, culture or religion, perhaps ignorance is the most significant. Religious Studies is an ideal opportunity to learn about other people’s religious beliefs, and to develop community cohesion.

This is an exciting time to begin A-Level Religious Studies at the college as we launch a fascinating new course.  

Religious Studies is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and no faith. It is not necessary to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the AS/A level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. You should give this course serious consideration if you are interested in religion and philosophy.

We welcome all students who are independent, organised and can manage their time, although we usually recommend a good grade in English, as you will be required to read and analyse information in order to focus your discussion and written essays.


Details

This is an exciting time to begin A-Level Religious Studies at the college as we launch a fascinating new course.  

Religious Studies is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and no faith. It is not necessary to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the AS/A level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. You should give this course serious consideration if you are interested in religion and philosophy. 

We welcome all students who are independent, organised and can manage their time, although we usually recommend a good grade in English, as you will be required to read and analyse information in order to focus your discussion and written essays. “RS A level provides an excellent foundation for a range of careers – from medicine to public service to business. Imagine how better prepared a doctor or business professional is if they understand the culture and customs of the individuals they are treating or dealing with. Or how a broad and deep knowledge of different world faiths and beliefs can help young people truly understand the context of events in the Middle East.”

Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media. Religious studies is a thought provoking subject and the contemporary themes will inspire engaging classroom discussion. 


How will it be delivered?

Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. There are three assessed components. Students must take exams in each:

Philosophy of religion

Nature of God

Arguments for & against existence of God

Nature of mind, body & soul

The problem of evil

Religion and ethics

Ethical theories (Utilitarianism, deontology, Natural Law…)

Application of ethical theory to euthanasia and business ethics

Sexual ethics

Debated around the idea of conscience

Developments in religious thought

Sources of religious wisdom and authority

Religious beliefs and their connections to history and the contemporary world

Religious identity

The relationship between religion and society e.g. gender roles and social justice

There is no coursework.


Entry requirements

For all Level 3 pathways five passes (9-4) or more at GCSE are required, including at least Grade 4 in Maths and/ or English Language.

Your next steps...

Religious Studies is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and no faith. It is not necessary to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the AS/A level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. You should give this course serious consideration if you are interested in religion and philosophy. It will be of great value to those considering employment in a field where understanding different beliefs and ethical values is important. Key skills will be developed such as critical thinking, analysing arguments and communication which are essential in so many careers.  We welcome all students who are independent, organised and can manage their time. See Ms Bradshaw, Ms Jones or Mr Parker for further information.

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