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Religious Education: AS at Gateway College

Course description

WJEC AS level Religious Studies is an exciting and engaging course that allows students to explore individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The Religion and Ethics options, and the Religion in Contemporary Society options, are particularly focused on moral, ethical and social aspects. The Study of Religion topic also provides opportunities to: study relationships between religion and culture; consider moral values and attitudes of individuals, faith communities or contemporary society; develop skill in reasoning on matters concerning values, attitudes and actions; develop the ability to make responsible judgements on significant moral teaching and issues.

Course content

The course will be mainly classroom based but will be enhanced with trips both locally and further afield. Students will also have the opportunity to attend conferences and apply for various national Religious Studies debate and writing competitions. Furthermore, Gateway College offers Amnesty International Club as an enrichment which ties in quite well with this course.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements.


WJEC AS level Religious Studies consists of; • Component 1 The Study of Religion (Sikhism) Worth 33.3% 1 hour 15 minute written exam • Component 2 Philosophy of Religion Worth 33.3% 1 hour 15 minute written exam • Component 3 Ethics and Religion Worth 33.3% 1 hour 15 minute written exam

Future opportunities

The course aims to develop student interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion and relate it to the wider world. Accordingly, studying Religious Studies combines well with subjects such as Sociology, Law, Psychology and English. Religious Studies as an academic discipline develops knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion but also to wider social sciences. Religious Studies encourages students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion whilst reflecting on and developing their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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