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Religious Studies AS/A Level at Croesyceiliog School

Course description

What are the dangers of sex outside or marriage? Why do people suffer? Is a chimpanzee of more value than a disabled human? Do Near Death Experiences suggest an existence after our physical death? These are just some of the questions that are debated in the AS and A2 Religious Studies courses at Croesyceiliog School.  Religious Studies has evolved over the years from a subject that simply examined what religious people do to being actively involved in addressing some of the big issues facing civilisation. In addition to Philosophy and Ethics being investigated, the impact of Psychology and modern scientific theories on religion will also be explored.

Course content

Year 12 AS Course:
Two one hour and fifteen minute examinations will be taken at the end of Year 12:

Paper 1 – Philosophy: Did the Universe have a beginning? Why might it be impossible to say that the Universe is infinitely old? Is there evidence that the Universe has a designer? Are people who claim to see God and spirits mad? Could it be that drug use allows us to see entities that are actually around us? Can Religious Experiences be reproduced in the lab? Is Religion a symptom of mental illness? What role does the Oedipus complex and guilt play in the forming of religion? Why is atheism on the rise in some areas and not others? If God is all-loving, why is there suffering?

Paper 2 - Ethics: Is sex for pleasure and outside of marriage acceptable? Should we legalise polygamy? Is marriage relevant to the 21st Century? Is homosexuality a danger to society? The pros and cons of all of these issues will be examined along with the Christian points of view. In addition, the non-religious ethical system of Utilitarianism will be explored.

Year 13 A2 Course:
Two one and a half hour examinations will be taken at the end of year 13:

Paper 1- Philosophy: Do miracles occur? How have modern cases of miracles, including cases of the Stigmata, challenged a scientific understanding of the world? How could the existence of miracles challenge a belief in an all-loving God? Are we really free to make our own choices or are we pre-programmed by out genetics and upbringing? If so, does this change the way that we should treat those who commit heinous crimes? Is it rational to believe in God in the 21st Century or is religious belief a dangerous pursuit that closes minds and prevents human progress?

Paper 2- Death and Beyond: What role does death play in the way we live our lives? Is there a life after death? What are Near Death Experiences? Does the paranormal indicate a future existence? Is reincarnation a possibility? Will time ever end? What might happen at the end of the world?

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 5 A* to C grades.
  • A minimum of a grade C in Maths and English

It is important for candidates to have good written communication skills: a useful indication of this would be a good English GCSE grade (B or better). It is also vital to be able to analyse and to set out arguments logically and coherently.

Future opportunities

This new Religious Studies Course will certainly aid those who hope to have careers in Law, Social Work, Teaching, Youth Work, Probation Service, the Armed Forces, the Police Force, Politics, Publishing, Journalism and Travel and Tourism. Also, certain elements of medical ethics mean that it is useful in the pursuit of a Medical and Nursing career.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years