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Religious Studies A Level at Ripon Grammar School

Course description

Religious Studies is about exploring philosophy, religion, ethics and culture.  As such it involves thinking deeply, analysing and evaluating thought systems, religions, values and concepts and developing your own worldview.  Key skills developed are clear and coherent communication, the ability to understand and represent other people’s points of view, the ability to present persuasive arguments and being able to read, analyse and synthesise information, ideas and different types of literature.

The subject can be combined with any other AS/A2 level and is a useful qualification for a wide variety of university degree subjects, including economics, English, geography, history, law, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology and theology. 

Entry requirements

There is no specific requirement for students to have taken a GCSE in the subject in order to study it at AS/A level but it should prove an advantage, especially if courses in Buddhism and Christian Perspectives have been taken.

Assessment

AS Level

Students take one examination on each of the two modules – each examination lasts for one hour and fifteen minutes.  Two essay questions out of a choice of four must be answered.  Each unit is worth 50% of the AS level (and 25% of an A level).  Both units are taken in June.

  A2 Level

Students take one examination on each of two modules – each examination lasts for one hour and thirty minutes.  In the examination on Buddhism two essay questions out of a choice of four must be answered.  The examination on Religion & Human Experience involves answering one extended essay question out of a choice of two.  Each unit is worth 25% of the A level and both units are examined in June

Future opportunities

The skills involved in religious studies are relevant in any career which requires clear thinking, careful analysis, balanced evaluation, effective communication and good presentation of ideas, eg: law, journalism, radio and television, police, social services, politics and public administration, teaching, the health service, working with children, tourism and advertising.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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