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Religious Studies Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

This course aims to introduce you to some of the key aspects of religion in contemporary society and introduce you to one major Eastern religion.

You will be taught principally by lecture and note taking. Wide reading is essential and class discussion is a crucial component. There are individual tutorials to check progress (coursework) and regular reports are completed. It is entirely assessed by exam at the end of each year.

Course content

You will:

  • Consider whether religion is in decline in the UK or simply just moving away from traditional beliefs on issues such as marriage, sexuality, morality, female bishops and the law
  • Study the rise of fundamentalism and its impact on society both in the UK and abroad. Are all fundamentalist groups violent?
  • Study medical and environmental ethical issues such as animal testing and euthanasia
  • Explore the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, visit a Buddhist monastery and hear from a Buddhist monk guest speaker
  • Improve your verbal and written skills whilst gaining confidence in public speaking
  • Be expected to read widely and regularly on and around the subject and verbally participate in all aspects of the lessons

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C including Maths at C or above, and English Language at Grade B or above.

Assessment

There are individual tutorials to check progress (coursework) and regular reports are completed. It is entirely assessed by exam at the end of each year.

At AS Level, there is one written examination (June). Coursework provides the opportunity for you to pursue an area of interest and present one written piece of work.

At A Level, there is one written examination (June). Implications focuses on material studied through the other units and the implications of beliefs and values for religion and human experience. This leads to one exam paper (June).

 

 

Future opportunities

The critical rigour of religious studies is excellent preparation for higher education in both the arts and sciences and in professions that value problem solving, independent thinking and creativity.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Exeter College directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2016
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