The A Level Theology course is designed to develop skills in knowledge and understanding surrounding the nature of religious belief, together with the ability to critically assess different theories and construct balanced and informed arguments. These skills form the basis of all degree courses and prepare students well for higher education. Whilst the A level builds on the skills acquired at GCSE, the content is quite different, so the A level can be studied without a GCSE in Religious Studies. However, as the qualification is essay-based, a good standard of English Language is required.
There are 3 distinct areas of study, which are examined separately for both the AS and A level qualification.
Philosophy of Religion
Ancient philosophical influences (Plato and Aristotle)
The nature of soul, mind and body
Philosophical arguments about the existence or non-existence of God.
The nature of religious experience and its evidential validity
The challenges caused by the problem of evil
The nature of God*
Issues in religious language*
Religion and Ethics
Normative ethical theories (what do we mean by right and wrong?)
The application of theory to contemporary issues (euthanasia and business)
Ethical language and thought today*
Debates about conscience*
Developments in Christian Thought
Teaching on human nature, death and afterlife
Sources of wisdom- natural revelation and the person of Jesus
Christian moral principles
Gender, society and theology*
Secularism and Liberation Theology*
*A level only
5 Grade 4’s and above to include English, and Religious Education if previously studied.