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Religious Studies A Level at Harris Academy South Norwood

Course description

The two modules studied in Year 12 will develop skills of analytical and critical enquiry.

In Philosophy of Religion, students will study philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering and philosophical debates about miracles. 

In Religious Ethics, students will study the relationship between religion and morality, ethical theories and applied ethics.

The three modules studied in Year 13 will build upon and deepen the knowledge and skills developed in Year 12. 

In Philosophy of Religion students will continue to study arguments for the existence of God alongside studies of beliefs about life after death and the use of religious language.

In Religious Ethics students will continue to study the relationship between religion and morality and ethical theories alongside studies of ethical language and concepts in moral discourse and applied ethics. 

The third module will draw together skills and knowledge from the other two modules in order to consider the relationship between philosophical views and ethical judgements.

Entry requirements

Students require grade B or above in Religious Studies and a grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE. This course is an academic study of religious, philosophical and ethical issues and, thus, religious belief is neither presumed nor required.

Successful completionY12 Religious Studies with a grade C/D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Religious Studies.

Assessment

In both years the course is assessed through two exams, the first focuses on the five ethical and philosophical units of the course, the second is an investigation that students carry out throughout the year. Essay writing and discussion skills are important and will be developed throughout the course.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies A Level is a very popular course among students from many different backgrounds. As well as being a truly enjoyable subject, it is recognised by employers, Colleges and Universities as a course that enables students to think and argue critically at an extremely high level. These skills are transferable to a huge variety of careers and degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy South Norwood directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2017
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