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Religious Studies & Philosophy at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

Religious Studies specifications at AS and A Level must require students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills through three compulsory components, each examined in 3 exam papers:

  • Component 1:  An introduction to the study of religion
  • Component 2:  An introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • Component 3:  An introduction to Religion and Ethics

Course content

What will I learn at AS Level?

Component 1:  An Introduction to the Study of Religion, 33.3% of qualification.  This component provides the opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of some of the key features of a world religion, ranging from religious figures to religious practices.

Component 2:  An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion, 33.3% of qualification.  This component provides the opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of some of the key features of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to religious experience.

Component 3:  An Introduction to Religion and Ethics, 33.3% of qualification.  This component provides the opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of key ethical concepts and theories, ranging from moral absolutism to utilitarianism.

What will I learn at A Level?

You will develop the information and skills learned at AS level in three similar components:

A Religion:  There will be four themes: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

Philosophy of Religion:  There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief (problem of evil, psychology, new atheism); religious experience and miracles; religious language.

Religion and Ethics:  There will be four themes within this component; ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

Entry requirements

No prior learning is required for this course.

As this is an essay based course an English GCSE at grade C level is essential, a grade B level or above in English is preferable.

Assessment

How will I be assessed at AS Level?

At AS level you will be examined in the same way for each of the components:

Exam (ie, three 1 hour 30 minute examinations).

  • Component 1:  An Introduction to the Study of Religion - 1 hour 30 minute exam.
  • Component 2:  An Introduction to Philosophy - 1 hour 30 minute exam.
  • Component 3:  An Introduction to Religion and Ethics - 1 hour 30 minute exam.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.

Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

How will I ber assessed at A Level?

At A level you will be examined in the same way for each of the components:

Exam:

There will be three components each with a 2 hour examination.

For each, learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.

Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Future opportunities

A wide range of careers including Law, Medicine, Business, Journalism and Teaching.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

Skills in argument, analysis and critical thinking.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to refine your written and verbal communication skills throughout the 2 year course.

 

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: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 30

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