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Religious Studies at Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre

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Religious Studies A Level




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The vision of the Religious Studies department is to prepare our students for life in 21st century multicultural Britain by equipping you with knowledge, understanding and skills to foster respect and tolerance between different faiths, philosophies and cultures.

Our Religious Studies A Level is academically rigorous, engaging and rewarding.  As a Religious Studies student, you will study the following areas:  

A Study of Islam, including:  The life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  A study of Muslim beliefs about God and sources of authority.  The five pillars and their impact on Muslim lifestyle.  The mosque and festivals.  A study of different Muslim sects - Sunni, Shi'a and Sufi.  Muslim understandings of jihad.  Muslim ethics.  The challenges of being a Muslim in Britain.

A study of ethics, including:  Ethical theories - should we focus on actions themselves or the consequences of actions?  Should we aim for the greatest happiness of the greatest number or is it more important to do our duty?  Should we base our morality of God or reason?  The nature of ethical language - are ethical statements about facts or feelings?  Ethical issues selected from sexual ethics, environmental ethics, medical ethics, crime and punishment, war and peace, the use of technology versus the protection of human rights, business ethics.  Free will and determinism - are we free?  If so, are we completely free of partly free?  Or do we lack freedom?  If so, what factors affect the way we behave?  How responsible are we for our actions?  What does religion teach us about free will, determinism and moral responsibility?

A study of the philosophy of religion, including:  Arguments for the existence of God - can God's existence be proven?  Challenges to religious belief - does the existence of evil invite the conclusion that God does not exist?  Or is the existence of God compatible with the existence of evil?  The nature of religious experience and miracles.  Religious language - what is the fole and function of religious language?  Is religious language meaningful?

A range of teaching and learning approaches are used on the course, including discussion and debate, group work and group presentations, essay writing, videos and online learning.

Entry requirements

Our standard entry requirements apply.  Religious Studies GCSE is not essential, however, where it has been taken, at least a grade C must have been achieved. Students should also have a minimum of grade C in English Language.


There will be three exams at the end of Year 13, each one two hours long - one exam on Islam, one exam on the philosophy of religion and one exam on ethics.

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Religious Studies is accepted by Universities on an equal basis with any other subject. It is particularly useful for anyone hoping to work in a multi-cultural environment e.g. nursing, teaching, childcare, social work, psychology, personnel management, police and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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