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Religious Studies A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

The new revised specification allows students to explore three key areas that together could be described as theology.

These are:

  • Philosophy of Religion
    • The areas of study will be: philosophical issues and questions; the nature and influence of religious experience; problems of evil and suffering; philosophical language; works of scholars; influences of developments in religious belief.
  • Religion and Ethics
    • The areas of study will be: significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; a study of three ethical theories; application of ethical theories to issues of importance; ethical language; deontology; virtue ethics and the works of scholars; medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.
  • New Testament Studies
    • The areas of study will be: the social, historical and religious context of the New Testament; texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus; interpreting the text and issues of relationship, purpose and authorship; ways of interpreting the scripture; texts and interpretation; the Kingdom of God, conflict, the death and resurrection of Jesus; scientific and historical-critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars.

Course content

A Level Course Content:

1. Philosophy of Religion

2. Religion and Ethics

3. New Testament Studies

Entry requirements

You should have at least a B grade in English language or English literature, and just as important – an open and enquiring mind.

Assessment

1. Philosophy of Religion

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 33.33% of the qualification, 80 marks
  • Section A – Three short, structured questions
  • Section B – Two extended-response questions on an unseen passage
  • Section C – A choice of two extended essay questions

2. Religion and Ethics

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 33.33% of the qualification, 80 marks
  • Section A – Three short, structured questions
  • Section B – Two extended-response questions on an unseen passage
  • Section C – A choice of two extended essay questions

3. New Testament Studies New Testament

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 33.33% of the qualification, 80 marks
  • Section A – Three short, structured questions.
  • Section B – Two extended-response questions on an unseen passage
  • Section C – A choice of two extended essay questions

Future opportunities

The course can lead on to a degree in philosophy or theology. However, a major skill that is developed through this course of study is the ability to critically analyse, to assess concepts and to formulate an argument. These are skills that are easily transferable to any higher level of study.

Further information

The course helps develop a holistic understanding of religion and it facilitates enquiry into, and develops insightful evaluations of, ultimate questions about the purposes and commitments of human life, especially as expressed in philosophy, ethics and religion. The A Level encourages students to make connections so that in each field of study they understand the influences over time of developments in religious beliefs and practices, the philosophy of religion, religious ethics and/or textual interpretation.

Students are taught by two members of staff. One will cover the philosophy unit and part of the ethics unit. The other member of staff will cover the second part of the ethics unit and the New Testament unit. In addition, students will also present seminars and produce at least one extended essay every two weeks and time is set aside for reading round the subjects. This is essential to the learning process and students are expected to use this time effectively.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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