Theology & Religious Studies AS Level at Bishop Douglass School
Students who have achieved a C or above in English will study for an A.S. in Religious Studies over two years (Year 12 and Year 13).
This course gives students the opportunity to explore the ethical and philosophical aspects of the Christian religion, deepening their understanding of Christian faith and belief and the strengths and weaknesses of philosophical and ethical beliefs.
The course is open to candidates of any religious persuasion and is not concerned with assessing the personal beliefs of students. It does however, seek to assess candidates’ grasp of religious, philosophical and moral issues arising from Christian scholarship.
This course will suit those who enjoy discussion and debate and are willing to back up their opinions by further reading and reflection. A readiness to listen to diverse viewpoints and an enquiring mind are essential qualities.
Importantly, this course will assist in gaining vital UCAS points that will aid University applications.
The AS consists of two units:
- Foundation Unit - including Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics (external exam) TO BE SAT IN YEAR 12
- Investigation Unit - Medical Ethics (external exam) TO BE SAT IN YEAR 13
Topics in the Study of Philosophy of Religion include:
- A study of philosophical arguments of the existence of God including the Cosmological and Design Argument
- A study of the problem of evil and suffering
Topics in the Study of Religious Ethics include:
- A study of ethical theories including, Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics.
Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a C grade in English
AS THEOLOGY and RELIGIOUS STUDIES
AS consists of one units in Year 12
- Foundation Unit – including Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics (external exam)
Unit 1 Study of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics
Written Exam Paper
Religious Studies is a highly academic subject that is respected widely by employers and Universities. This is mainly due to the skills that are developed in studying Religious Studies: analytical thinking, evaluative reasoning, the ability to critique arguments and concepts, synthesis of information.
Students who have studied Religious Studies have moved onto a variety of careers including:
- Business Management
- Project Management
- Social work
- Religious vocation
Students who have taken Religious Studies have gone onto degrees in theology, philosophy, psychology, law, politics, economics and many other social sciences.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.