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Religious Studies A level at Beechwood School

Course description

Ever since humankind started to think, religion has been a fundamental part of our development. As people look into the vastness of space or witness the miracle of birth, they contemplate the meaning of life and their own mortality. It has always been this way. In the 21st century, religion still addresses the same eternal human questions about life and death, values and relationships, right and wrong.

Religious Studies is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith, and people who have no faith. It is not necessary to have taken religious studies at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the A level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. All that is required is a desire to find out more about religion and its role in society.

Course content

AS Religious Studies

Ethics exam

  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation Ethics
  • Nature and Value of Human life
  • Abortion and Euthanasia

Exam 1 hour 15 minutes (choose two sets of questions out of four)

Philosophy of Religion

  • The cosmological argument
  • Religious experience
  • Psychology and religion
  • Atheism and postmodernism

Exam 1hr 15 minutes (choose two sets of questions out of four)

A2 Religious Studies

  • Ontological argument
  • Religious Language
  • Body, soul and personal identity
  • The problem of evil Exam 1 hr 30 minutes (choose two sets of questions out of four)

Ways of moral decision making:

  • The second year of Ethics enables students to study in greater depth aspects of one or more religions, including textual, theological, ethical, phenomenological and philosophical areas
  • Ways of Moral Decision Making

Exam 1 hr 30 minutes. Choose one question out of four

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is one of the fastest growing subjects. This is partly because it is compatible with, and has a similar skills base to, subjects such as English, History, Sociology, Philosophy and Government and Politics.

It is also a good partner course for not only the subjects mentioned, but also for Archaeology, Classical Civilisation and History of Art, as well as Sciences and Law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years