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Religious Studies AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

This is an exciting specification which enables students to: study the New Testament (Synoptic Gospel’s and John’s Gospel), use various critical approaches and analyse ethical issues and ways of moral decision-making.

The key points of this specification are that:

  • AS and A2 is split into two units each (the whole ‘A’ Level consists of 4 units). This is 100% examination. No coursework.
  • There is no January entry – examination will be in the Summer only.
  • Students can sit part of their AS in January.
  • Questions in the examination have been simplified and focus on the content being taught.
  • Students can engage in the use of ICT to deliver presentations to the rest of the class.
  • Students can engage in paired and group work.
  • Students are able to set themselves targets to provide direction.
  • Students develop analytical and evaluative skills essential for university.
  • Students develop reasoning and discussion skills essential for university.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Unit 1:  New Testament

This unit enables students to look at the New Testament in a critical way. The unit is split into 4 sections:1. How the synoptic gospels came into being, 2. Aspects of Jesus’ teaching and action, parables and healings,3. The arrest, trial and death of Jesus, 4. The resurrection of Jesus.

Assessment: 

100% examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes

Maximum Marks available:

25% of A Level

Information regarding Assessment:

4 questions made up of:

Part (a) knowledge and understanding

Part (b) evaluation, assessing

 

Unit 2:  Religion and Ethics 1

This unit enables students to study aspects of religion and ethics. The unit is split into 4 sections:1. Utilitarianism, 2. Situation Ethics, 3. Religious teaching on the nature and value of human life, 4. Abortion and euthanasia.

Assessment:

100% examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes

Maximum Marks available:

25% of A Level

Information regarding Assessment:

4 questions made up of:

Part (a) knowledge and understanding

Part (b) evaluation, assessing

 

A LEVEL

Unit 3E:  New Testament – John’s Gospel

This unit focuses on John’s Gospel. This will include: 1. The context of John’s Gospel,2. The nature, role and purpose of the ‘I am’ sayings, 3. The nature, role and purpose of the signs, or miracles, in John,4. The nature, role and purpose of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in John.

Assessment:

100% examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes

Maximum Marks available:

25% of A Level

Information regarding Assessment:

4 questions made up of:

Part (a) knowledge and understanding

Part (b) evaluation, assessing

More marks are awarded for part b questions than in AS

 

Unit 4C:  Life, Death and Beyond

This unit focuses on secular and Religious perspectives on the nature and value of Human life, eschatological and apocalyptic views, importance of earthly life and life after death; and beliefs about death itself.

Assessment:

100% examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes

Maximum Marks available:

25% of A Level

Information regarding Assessment:

4 questions made up of:

Part (a) knowledge and understanding

Part (b) evaluation, assessing

More marks are awarded for part b questions than in AS

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B (Full Course or Short Course)

GCSE APS of 40

English GCSE Grade B is desirable

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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