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Religious Studies (AS Level) at Abbot Beyne High School - a Specialist Visual Arts College

Course description

This course is suitable for candidates from any religious background or none. At AS we will study materials from two units of AQA’s Religious Studies syllabus. The first unit encompasses topics which we met at GCSE, specifically issues connected with the value of human life – abortion and euthanasia. For AS we examine these issues in the light of ethical theories which look to tell us why certain actions might be right or wrong. In particular we discuss whether Utilitarianism is an approach that makes sense – at its simplest, ‘Do whatever brings the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people’. Or perhaps we should apply Situation Ethics – ‘What we do depends on the specific circumstances’. The second unit, Religion, Philosophy and Science, encompasses issues which impact on other areas of the curriculum as diverse as Sociology, Psychology, Mathematics and Science. We will examine the Design Argument for the existence of God, whilst also considering the possible existence of miracles. These lead us from the writings of some of the great 18th and 19th Century philosophers and scientists, to the ideas of Steven Hawking and even Chaos theory; from Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to the attacks on religious belief from one of our most influential biologists, Richard Dawkins, then onwards to the rise of Creationism in America and its spread to the new academies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade A-C, including English and Maths.

Financial information

No cost to full-time students.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Religious Studies, which could lead you onto higher education to study Theology or Religious Studies. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues and Theology such as a Social Worker or Counsellor. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbot Beyne High School - a Specialist Visual Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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