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Religious Studies A2 at Queensbury School

Course description

A2 Religious Studies is an exciting and engaging course that builds on the study of the beliefs, practices and rituals of a world religion and delve into the theories, arguments and logistics of philosophy that were undertaken in the AS course. Students get the chance to immerse themselves further in the study of Islam looking at key doctrinal features in greater detail and the misconceptions of the Islamic faith. Students will also advance their knowledge of philosophy by looking at the philosophy of ethics and religious scripture.

Course content

What topics will I study?

A2 Religious Studies is split into two units. Pupils will study both throughout the year and then be assessed on each:

Unit 3H World Religions 2 - Islam (RST3H):

Shi's Islam

  • Distinctive beliefs, with particular reference to the role and importance of religious leaders.
  • Distinctive practices, with particular reference to the celebration and significance of Ashura, including the importance of suffering, martyrdom and the atoning death of Husayn.
  • The Imamate - including the hidden Imam and Mahdi

The Shari'ah and the Muslim Way of Life

  • The nature and authority of the Shari'a - traditional and modernist views.
  • How the will of God may be known regarding contemporary issues.
  • Differing understandings of ijtihad.

God & Humanity

  • Distinctive ideas in the Sufi concept of God and in the Sufi understanding of the relationship between God and human beings.
  • The immanence and transcendence of God.
  • Predestination, human free will and the justice of God.

Women & Family Life

  • Nature, purpose and importance of the family in Islam
  • Role and status of women.
  • Regulations concerning marriage and divorce.

Unit 4C Topic II - Ways of Moral Decision Making

Using this, pupils will engage in the following issues:

  • Religious and moral decision-making. The use of religious law(s) both from scripture and from religious institutions. Religious teaching and guidance about behavior and how to determine good and bad, right and wrong. The use of religious conscience for allowing an individual to determine how to make decisions. The role of religious tradition in determining behavior.
  • The application of religious ethical teaching and systems to Topic A - medical ethics (see below) .
  • Ethical systems, both deontological and teleological, and how these can be used to assist people in making moral decisions; consideration of which style might be more suitable or have fewer weaknesses. Consideration of hybrid styles of ethical systems and whether these are more suitable for moral decision-making in 21

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) in your GCSEs, including at least a grade C in the related subject.


The course is assessed purely through modular examinations. There is no coursework. There are 2 units of work to complete in the A2 year and each unit will be assessed via external written examination.

Future opportunities

A Religious Studies qualification is very highly regarded by employers throughout most fields. This qualification is very advantageous if one were following a career pathway leading to employment in fields such as healthcare, social services, journalism, education, armed forces, police force and many more. There are also wide varieties of courses at degree level throughout most institutes of learning.

Further information

If you want to find out more about this course please speak to one of the tutors in the Religious Education Department: Mr Jenkins (D12) and/or Mr Harrison (D13). To get full details of the course log on to the AQA website:;=10

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 years