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Religious Studies AS at Bullers Wood School

Course description

As an academic discipline it is valuable in itself, promoting a rigorous study of both religions and beliefs whilst incorporating a more philosophical and ethical approach to religion. It is also of great use in general life as it encourages you to look at a wide range of human experience, to reflect on different lifestyles and cultures and to ponder upon the eternal questions about the meaning of life. At present the course covers: Philosophy of Religion: This delves into the issue of the existence and non-existence of God; the problem of evil and suffering; miracles; religious language; and beliefs about life after death. Ethics: This is an investigation into ethical topics identified from philosophic and religious perspectives. We study the relationship between religion and morality, looking particularly at the ethical theories of utilitarianism and situation ethics. We study applied ethics looking at war and peace, and medical ethics. How will I be assessed and examined? 100% Examination

Entry requirements

Students need to gain 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics, with a least a B in this subject if taken at GCSE

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is widely recognised and happily accepted as an entry qualification for further and higher education courses. Students will have developed the skills of research, interpretation and critical thinking. You will have developed an enquiring and analytical mind, capable of empathetic understanding, showing appreciation of a wide range of complex ethical and moral issues. You will be able to assimilate new information comprehensively, integrate ideas and concepts, then apply these to form balanced, informed opinions. These skills are particularly valuable in the career worlds of Broadcasting, Journalism, Publishing and Teaching, whereas the understanding gained can enhance work in Medicine, Social Work and Law.You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Religious Studies, which could lead you onto higher education to study Theology or Religious Studies. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues and Theology such as a Social Worker or Counsellor. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bullers Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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