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Religious Studies at Brighouse High School

Course description

Ever since humankind started to think, religion has been a fundamental part of our development. As people look into the vastness of space or witness the miracle of birth, they contemplate the meaning of life and their own mortality. In the 21st century, religion still addresses the same eternal human questions about life and death, values and relationships, right and wrong.

Religious Studies is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith… and people who have no faith. It is not necessary to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the A Level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills.  As well as having a desire to find out more about religion and its role in society, it is also useful if you have good literacy skills.

If you are interested in current affairs, people, different cultures and the debates about the meaning of life, then this could be the course for you.  A level Religious Studies requires the in-depth study of one of the six major world religions, the beliefs and teachings of which are then applied to  various philosophical concepts  and ethical issues.

Key areas of study include; Life after death, Arguments for the existence of God, The challenge from science, Religious identity, Free will and moral responsibility. Students will be challenged to consider how religion is influenced by, and influences a range of ethical issues

We have very high expectations of students, you will be required to carry out independent study to consolidate your learning as well as complete homework on a weekly basis. You need to be motivated, enthusiastic and develop an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion and philosophy.

Course content

Year 12 Course Content:

Unit 1: Philosophy and religion

Section A: Study of religion- one religion will be chosen from: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

For the chosen religion of study, the following content is covered:

  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Life after death
  • The challenge from science
  • The nature and role of religion
  • Sources of wisdom and authority.


Section B: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death
  • The nature and function of religion

Section C: The relationship between philosophy and religion. How religion is influenced by and influences philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.


Year 13 Course Content:

Unit 2: Ethics, religion and society.


Section A: Study of religion- this will be the same religion as studies in year 12.

For the chosen religion of study, the following content is covered:

  • Key moral principles
  • Religious identity
  • Religious and sexual identity
  • Religious pluralism


Section B: Ethics and religion.

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant


Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion. How religion is influenced by, and influences ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including English language.

GCSE Religious Studies is desirable/ a B grade is preferable if studied.


Assessment: 2 exams at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018.

This is a two year linear course. The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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