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Religious Studies A Level at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School

Course description

Christianity and the Philosophy of Religion

This is a chance to explore some of the major question about God and what we know about the world. Our lessons are far reaching and will really challenge your ideas about God and religion; we will think about the problems of believing in God when there is so much suffering in the world. We will also be thinking about the nature of God himself. What is God like? What do we mean by the concept of God? The Ontological Argument is a classical way of thinking about God and showing that God exists. We will explore religious language and the ways we talk about God. Finally we will think about the nature of Religious Language. Can we ever say anything meaningful about God, our faith or even religion itself? This is a fascinating course that has helped believers understand their faith better and non-believers to be challenged by ideas about God.

Christianity and Ethics

This will develop ideas about right and wrong, looking at ideas of equality justice and honesty with modern topics such as medical ethics and attitudes to sexual behaviour. You will get an idea of some of the key Christian moral theories, such as situation ethics, thinking about how they work on topics like Euthanasia, or the treatment of animals. There will also be the opportunity to look at ideas which shape our attitudes to right and wrong – do we have a conscience? Do we have free will? Finally there will be a chance to compare all of this with some of the classic non-religious theories, by looking at philosophers like Kant and Bentham. It is a highly relevant and interesting course which will allow you to understand and develop ideas of ethics in the modern world.

Course content

Religious Studies is a humanity subject and as such it will train you to understand the way in which humans interact with their spiritual lives and how they come to know God. It challenges the student to question beliefs and to understand why people hold the deep religious beliefs that they have. It is a fascinating and challenging subject, and it encourages the development of such skills as critical analysis, research, debate, empathy, tutorial feedback, essay writing, note taking and examination preparation.

Entry requirements

You need to have achieved a B in RE at GCSE and a B in English (Language or Literature)

Assessment

The modules will be taught within 5 one hour lessons a week. Pupils who take the subject will be set regular assignments and will be expected to undertake their own personal reading to develop their understanding.

Both of these modules are examined in papers lasting three hours. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

It is a subject that is highly regarded by universities: in a recent study 20% of the students studying PPE at Oxford have RS at A level: the highest level courses in the UK welcome it as a subject that shows rigour and academic skills. Religious Studies A level is suitable for a wide range of higher education courses. It is suitable as a ‘third subject’ for the most prestigious courses such as medicine where it is combined with science subjects and it is especially welcomed on degrees such as law and philosophy which require an understanding of human experience and society. Students applying for entrance into higher education, find that having a pass at A level in Religious Studies is looked upon favourably by application officers. In recent years, our students have been successful in their application to such diverse courses at teaching, Social Sciences, Archaeology, Law, Geographical Research, Nursing, Science, History, English, Languages, Theology, Classics and Drama

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Blanch C of E High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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