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Religious Studies (A Level) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

Religious Studies offers a challenging, exciting and rigorous academic approach to the study of religion and the philosophical questions which inevitably arise.

There is a combination of learning philosophy and religion, incorporating understanding of different cultural ideas and beliefs, together with evaluation of the bases of those beliefs, enabling students to compare religious and scientific theories as well as engaging in philosophical debate.

Assessment

Learners must study all three components.

Component 1 - A Study of Religion

Written examination

2 hours

33 1/3% of the qualification

This component offers the chance to study one religion from a choice of six:

  • Option A: Christianity
  • Option B: Islam
  • Option C: Judaism
  • Option D: Buddhism
  • Option E: Hinduism
  • Option F: Sikhism

There will be four themes within each option:

  • religious figures and sacred texts
  • religious concepts and religious life
  • significant social and historical developments in religious thought
  • religious practices and religious identity

Learners will be expected to answer two questions from a choice of four in each option.

Component 2 - Philosophy of Religion

Written examination

2 hours

33 1/3% of the qualification

There will be four themes within this component:

  • arguments for the existence of God
  • challenges to religious belief
  • religious experience
  • religious language

Learners will be expected to answer two questions from a choice of four in this component.

Component 3 - Religion and Ethics

Written examination

2 hours

33 1/3% of the qualification

There will be four themes within this component:

  • ethical language and thought
  • deontological ethics
  • teleological ethics
  • freewill and determinism

Learners will be expected to answer two questions from a choice of four in this component.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Theology or Religious Studies at Higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues such as a Social Worker, Priest, Counsellor or Teacher. As with the other humanities, Religion is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps 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

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 July 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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