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Religious Studies A2 level at Wren Academy

Course description

The course is designed to encourage an interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and philosophy. It will enable students to develop insights into areas of knowledge, belief and thought central to an understanding of the modern world. Through the study of theological and philosophical issues students will be equipped with a range of knowledge and skills which will help them make sense of contemporary events. Religious Studies is also very varied in content allowing students to look at literary, historical, philosophical and theological issues giving a broad base of skills to prepare them for a range of subjects at university. It complements other arts and humanities subjects but can also be a good A-level to add variation to a student who wishes to focus on the sciences.

Course content

AS Unit A Religion and Ethics 1 (RSS01)

AS Unit D Religion Philosophy and Science (RSS04)

Unit 1 Examination (25%)

  • Utilitarianism
  • The general principles of Utilitarianism
  • Bentham’s UT, the hedonic calculus
  • Mill’s UT, quality over quantity
  • Act and Rule Utilitarianism
  • The application of Bentham’s and Mill’s principles to one ethical issue of the candidate’s choice.

Unit 2 Examination (25%)

  • Creation
  • The Design Argument
  • Quantum Mechanics and a Religious World View

A2 Unit 3B Philosophy of Religion (RST3B)

A2 Unit 4C Ways of Moral Decision Making

  • Ontological Argument and the relationship between reason and faith
  • Religious Language
  • Body Soul and Personal Identity
  • Medical research and medical developments

Entry requirements

Students will need to gain a B grade in Religious Studies at GCSE or a B in English language at GCSE to pursue this subject at AS and A2 level.

Assessment

The course is assessed by examination. In Year 12 students will take two exams of 75minutes and in Y13 will take two exams of 90 minutes.

Future opportunities

Theology and ethics is an excellent subject for developing and refining analysis and evaluative skills. It is a good foundation for progressing onto university degrees in subjects such as law, religious studies, theology, history and literature. It can be valuable in a range of careers from the more obvious careers which involve religion directly, to the less obvious where theology and ethics provides skills such as empathy which are essential for jobs such as work in the social sector or even medicine, or analysis and evaluative skills which are essential for skills in careers such as law or journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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