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Religious Studies A Level at Netherhall School

Course description

Have you ever wondered if life may not be entirely as it seems? Or questioned whether a good God can really exist with so much evil in the world? Or thought about whether humans do have such things as souls, free will or a conscience? Or how people come to decide what is right and wrong? And why people disagree so frequently in business, medicine and politics?

Course content

Philosophy of Religion

- Ancient philosophical influences
- Arguments about the existence or non existence of God
- The nature and impact of religious experience
- The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- The nature of the soul, mind and body
- The possibility of life after death
- Ideas about the nature of God
- Issues in religious language

Religion and Ethics

- Normative ethical theories
- Ethical language and thought
- Debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will
- The influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion

Development in religious thought

- Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
- Sources of religious wisdom and authority
- Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
- Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
- Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

Entry requirements

You should have achieved grades A*, A or B in full course GCSE (or grades A* or A in the short course) before considering to take this stimulating yet academically demanding course. Over the two years, you will be expected to take a full and active part in all learning activities both in class and in your own free time. A commitment to doing your best in and out of class is essential.

Future opportunities

A Level RS can lead to degrees in Philosophy, Sociology or Psychology as well as careers in any profession where understanding people’s attitudes and behaviour is important. (Teacher, Lawyer, Business Manager, Police etc)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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