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A Level Religious Studies

Religious Studies is for students who wish to study the fundamental nature of the philosophical and ethical arguments central to all religions. It gives the student a thorough grounding in how to undertake academic study in a broad range of subjects, and can help develop our own personal beliefs and lives. This is a very challenging and rewarding subject that requires genuine interest, commitment and the essential need to read and assess complex material independently.

Entry Requirements

You must meet the College entry requirements for an A Level course of at least 5 GCSEs grade C or above including English Language.

Course Content

In Year 1 you will study three units.

Unit 1: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: This will analyse the influences of Ancient Greek (Plato & Aristotle) & Judaeo-Christian influences of arguments for God’s existence and challenges to these arguments.

Unit 2: RELIGION & ETHICS: This will study various ethical theories about whether moral action can be linked to absolute or relative arguments (e.g. is it always wrong to kill?). You will also study issues around Natural Law (e.g. does everything exist for a purpose?) and the core ethical theory of the philosopher Kant (e.g. do we have a duty to act in certain ways?).

Unit 3: DEVELOPMENTS IN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT:  This will cover a number of relevant issues central to one major religion including its beliefs, values, teachings, historical context and influences in society.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught for 5 hours a week.  One 2 hour session and two 1 ½ hour sessions.

How will I be assessed?

Three Two Hour exams on each of the units above.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Reading list is available and it is strongly suggested that students ask for this before they start the course, plus recommended books for specific course.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of both years you will be awarded an A Level in the subject studied.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.

Course Information

If you are aged 19 or over on 31 August in the year you start your course you should contact Admissions as fees may apply for this course. Where fees apply you may be entitled to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

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