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Religious Studies AQA A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required:

An effective student of A-Level Religious Studies is someone who:

  • Has a keen interest in exploring ultimate questions to do with philosophy and ethics.
  • Is prepared to think deeply about their own views and can express these reasonably.
  • Is willing to exchange views and arguments in debates.
  • Can skilfully express themselves in written and oral communications.
  • Is able to critically evaluate the ideas of studied thinkers and prepare a personal reaction to these. Supports their thinking with justifiable and relevant reasons. 

Course content

A Level

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

Section A: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God.
  • Evil and suffering.
  • Religious experience.
  • Religious language.
  • Miracles.
  • Self and life after death.

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.

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Section A: Study of religion – For each faith option (2A–2E) the following topics are covered:

  • Sources of wisdom and authority.
  • God/gods/ultimate reality.
  • Self, death and the afterlife.
  • Good conduct and key moral principles.
  • Expression of religious identity.
  • Religion, gender and sexuality.
  • Religion and science.
  • Religion and secularisation.
  • Religion and religious pluralism.

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion.

  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry criteria:

GCSE graded 9/6 in English Language.

You do not need a GCSE qualification in RS to choose this subject. The ability to write coherent essays is an advantage. 

Assessment

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A level Marks

Questions 

Section A: Philosophy of religion – two compulsory two-part questions, each worth 10 marks and 15 marks

Section B: Ethics and religion – two compulsory two-part questions, each worth 10 marks and 15 marks

 

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  •  50% of A level Marks

Questions

Section A: Study of religion – two compulsory two-part questions, each worth 10 marks and 15 marks relating to the religion chosen. Questions may be set that span more than one topic. In each two-part question, the first part tests AO1 and the second part tests AO2.

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion – one unstructured synoptic question from a choice of two (25 marks).

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion – one unstructured synoptic question from a choice of two (25 marks).

Future opportunities

This A Level Religious Studies course combines well with a wide variety of other options and we tend to recruit a range of students with very different study focuses, from the scientist to the artist. The qualification is well regarded by Universities. It is recognised as a rigorous and challenging A-Level. The Russell Group of top universities has made it clear that RS A level provides 'suitable preparation for University generally'. The skills that are developed through the study of philosophy and ethics are highly desirable.

The A-Level qualification fits nicely as a preparation for a range of career aspirations. Ethical considerations continue to be an important aspect of medical, business and legal practice. Our students go on to pursue careers in a range of areas including law, medicine and teaching.

Further information

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same series. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2016

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