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Religious Studies A Level at Stanley Park High School

Course description

A Level Religious Studies is a broad study of the philosophy of religion, religion and ethics and a detailed study of one specific religion. Relationships between religion and culture are examined, along with moral values, attitudes of individuals, faith communities and contemporary society. The course develops skills in logic and reasoning, and the ability to make responsible judgements on significant moral teaching and issues. Religious Studies is a widely accepted A Level by UK universities and there is progression into a variety of study paths and careers, for example law, medicine, physics and social sciences are popular linked subject choices

Course content

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.
33:33% of A Level

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics

Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.
33:33% of A Level

Paper 3: A Study of One Religion

Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts. Choices for study are currently Buddhism or Christianity or Hinduism or Judaism.
33:33% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-B in GCSE Religious Studies

Future opportunities

A Level RS is widely accepted for degree courses in the UK. In addition to this the ‘Russell Group Universities’ are clear that Religious Studies is a valued and accepted A Level pathway. There are eight ‘facilitating subjects’ and “….some advanced level subjects which provide suitable preparation for entry to university generally....” RS is relevant to most career paths such as Law, Medicine, Social Work, Counselling, Media, Travel, Police and Civil Service and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanley Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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