Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an exciting opportunity to study a broad discipline that not only incorporates religious ideas, but would be incomplete without the studies of science, psychology, sociology and history, to combine into a thrilling and complex understanding of faith and the role that it has played in shaping our world.

Entry Requirements:

Students should have gained at least a Grade 6 (B) in English at GCSE. Ideally, students should have successfully passed five GCSE's. It is not a prerequisite to have studied Religious Studies at GCSE, however, this would be advantageous as a foundation. If you have any concerns about the material covered please speak to Mrs Cross, the course director, who will be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

 

How the course is taught:

The course is taught throughout Year 12 and Year 13 as the full A Level. There are currently five, 1hour periods per week.

The course is delivered through group work, analysis of texts, seminars and discussions. There is a significant amount of academic reading that students will be expected to complete, as this will complement class activities and studies. There will be focus on the skills required to effectively study theology, philosophy and ethics; critical analysis, textual interpretation and developing the ability to express clear and concise evaluation in an academic manner. 

What areas are covered by the course?

There are three main units to the A Level;

 

Developments of Christian Thinking - Learners will explore religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections, how they have developed historically and how they are presently discussed. Students will have the opportunity to study ideas about the human condition, beliefs about the afterlife, natural and revealed theology, the historical person of Jesus, Christian Moral Principles, Christian Moral Action, multi-cultural studies, Christianity and gender and secularism and its challenges on religion.

 

Religion & Ethics - Learners will study four normative ethical theories, providing a range of approaches: deontological and teleological, religious and non-religious. These theories will then be applied to two issues of importance; euthanasia and business ethics. This allows learners to explore contemporary issues and deepen their understanding of the ethical theories. Students will consider an in-depth study of ethical language, sexual ethics including pre-martial sex and homosexuality, and a comparative study of the works of Thomas Aquinas and Sigmund Freud.

 

Philosophy of Religion -  Learners will critically analyse three contrasting arguments regarding the existence of God. Such arguments are a fundamental element of philosophy of religion, as well as key to the personal beliefs of many individuals. Students will delve into Ancient philosophical influences, which will provide the foundations needed for the study of philosophy of religion. Students will then move on to discover different religious experiences and their impact upon religious beliefs, the problem of evil and suffering, the nature of God and how interpretations of religious texts can influence our understanding and belief of God.

How the course is assessed:

Students will be assessed at the end of the two year course in May/June time. There are 3 x2 hour examinations (one examination for each of the core units studied).

Career Opportunities

Popular careers for Religious Studies graduates include; teachers, solicitors, barristers, human rights advocates, anti-terrorism specialists, policing, social workers, nurses, doctors, advertising and marketing, human resources, sales, charity and humanitarian work and even fashion!

Religious studies is also considered by the Russell Group Universities to be a "facilitating" subject, which successfully provides students with the skills to further their studies in English, History, Psychology, Sociology, Law, History of Art, Politics, Education studies and many more!