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Religious Studies *FEES PAYABLE* at Hurstpierpoint College

Course description

This course requires students to have an enquiring mind, an interest in religion and a desire to examine some of the biggest questions in the universe. A religious belief is not needed (though it’s fine if students have one). It is NOT a course for training would-be monks and nuns. Students will need to be able to read quite challenging texts, take notes, discuss and examine a range of different issues and write a good examination answer. Ideally, of course, these AS and A2 studies will be more than a means to an end. This subject has something extra - real ‘value added’ features:

  • Exploring the mysteries of human existence
  • Analysing and evaluating the views of others and substantiating one’s own
  • Being challenged to seek answers to the mysteries of life and death
  • Looking at such issues as ‘Does God exist?’ and ‘What happens when we die?’
  • Testing the views of others, including scholars, challenging the evidence and the testimonies
  • Being aware of the historical, social and cultural influences on the way ideas have developed and of how the past influences the future
  • Facing the challenge of exploring questions that have no answers

Lessons in Religious Studies are planned to encourage students to do the following:

  • Investigate, study and interpret significant religious, philosophical and ethical issues
  • Think rigorously and present widely informed and detailed arguments with well-substantiated conclusions
  • Reflect on, express and justify their opinions
  • Relate their study to issues in the wider world
  • Know and understand key concepts - including beliefs, teachings, the contribution of significant people, religious language, major issues and doctrines and how these are expressed in texts
  • Interpret and evaluate religious concepts, ideas, arguments and the views of scholars

Entry requirements

Students do not need to have a GCSE in Religious Studies, but they should have a B grade in English Language if they are new to the subject. Those with a GCSE in Religious Studies should have an A grade.

Financial information

Fees may be charged for this course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hurstpierpoint College directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years