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Religious Studies at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

Religion is a major force in human experience. It has shaped the world’s history, literature, art, culture, politics, ethics, and economics.

It has been argued that religious agendas have fuelled conflict and encouraged acts of terrorism and ethnic cleansing, dislocating populations and destroying economies.

Religion has consequently proven to be one of the greatest threats to world peace and prosperity. But it has also been argued that religious traditions have laid the foundation for human rights, social justice, toleration, and world peace.

Religious Studies is therefore by nature an interdisciplinary field with direct relevance to the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

This lively and engaging course will allow you to engage in such discussions, developing your skills in debating, arguing and persuading.

Course content

AS Level modules Unit 1 - Foundations (50% of AS)

  • Ethics:  This module covers a study of utilitarianism, situation ethics and the relationship between religion and morality. The applied ethics element considers dilemmas relating to war and peace. Students will be introduced to the works of Plato, Joseph Fletcher, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill and apply their ideas looking at Ghandi, Martin Luther king, WWII and the War in Afghanistan.
  • Islam: This module investigates Islam; the world’s fastest growing religion. Students will investigate the rise of Islam, the life of Muhammad, core beliefs within the Quran and Sharia Law, and the key ideas that motivate believers.

Unit 2 – Investigations (50% of AS)

This is a unique and inspiring opportunity to carry out a study of a topic chosen by you to develop skills and understanding that will support academic and career aspirations.  Popular areas include

  • philosophical questions (e.g. the origin of the universe and analysis of religious experiences)
  • medical ethics (e.g. abortion and euthanasia)
  • issues of equality (e.g. homosexuality and gender inequality)
  • creative expressions of faith
  • tension between religion and science


A2 Level modules   Unit 3 - Developments (50% of A2)
  • Christianity: This module analyses the practice of Christianity in the modern world, including the Ecumenical Movement since 1910, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s teachings and work, beliefs about atonement and salvation, modern views of the Trinity and Christian eschatology.
  • Islam: In this module, students will also gain an understanding of the diversity of the Islamic faith, the rise of Islam following the death of Muhammad, what motivates fundamentalists and those Muslims who pursue a spiritual path such as Sufism.

Unit 4 - Implications (50% of A2)

Students will explore an anthology of scholarly material from the studies of Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE requirements:-
  • English Language – C
  • In total, at least two B grades in literate subjects


Unit 1 is assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute examination in which you will answer three essay style questions.

Unit 2 is assessed by a 1 hour 15 minute examination in which you will write an essay on your chosen topic.

Unit 3 is assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute examination in which you will answer three essay style questions.

Unit 4 is assessed by a 1 hour 15 minute examination in which you will discuss an anthology extract.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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