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Religious Studies at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

Religious Studies has never been more essential to understanding and living in modern multicultural and multi-faith Britain. It is accessible to candidates of any religious faith or none! The course covers the diverse fields of Psychology, Philosophy, Ethics, Science, History and Theology, equipping students to take a wide range of university courses such as Law, History and Philosophy. It is also an essential course for professional life where ethical decision making is required in a wide range of careers such as journalism, medicine, law, police and social work. An ability to debate the issues using scholarly argument is essential! If you like to be challenged and stretched then this is an ideal course.

Course content

he course is broken down into three main areas of study across the 2 year A-level:

  1. Philosophy

  2. Ethics

  3. A Study of Religion

  1. Philosophy:

There will be four themes within this area: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. This will allow students to examine key questions and ideas about many different aspects of religious belief and practice, such as; How can we prove that God exists? Are religious experiences real? How can we show that religious belief is unnecessary? Students will study each of the four areas and investigate a variety of philosophical and theological responses as well as having the opportunity to analyse these ideas for themselves.


2. Ethics

There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will. This area of study allows students to debate key ethical issues within the context of religion and to ask questions about how we make moral decisions. Students will explore a variety of religious and philosophical responses to ethical issues and try to reach their own conclusions!


3. A Study of Religion: Hinduism

There are four key areas students will study about the religion:: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. This will give students the chance to get to know the religion of Hinduism and examine its role and influence in the modern world. Students will be able to explore one of the world’s biggest religions and investigate the huge cultural and social influence this religion has.


Entry requirements

Grade 6 in RS GCSE and 4 or above in English Language.


100% exam

Future opportunities

Law, Journalism/Media, Police, Social Work, Medicine, Travel, Advertising, Human Resources, Diplomacy/Civil Service, Teaching.

Further information

Course Leader:


Mrs Alison McMillan


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years