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Religious Studies A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

What will you learn at AS?
The selected areas for study are Philosophy of Religion
and the New Testament – the gospel according to John.
A research unit allows students to investigate a topic of
their choice related to the Study of Religion.
Unit 1: Foundations comprises of an examination paper
which covers the two areas of study – three questions will
be answered in total and will represent 50% of the total
marks for AS.
Unit 2: Investigations is a research-based module where
students will thoroughly explore an issue from either a
theological, ethical or philosophical perspective. The unit
will be assessed by an examination of an hour and a Quarter’s
duration and is awarded up to 50% of the marks for AS.
What will you learn at A2?

The A2 course continues with the same two areas of study –
Philosophy of Religion and the New Testament - but with
different topics covered.
Unit 3: Developments comprisesof an examination paper covering
the two areas of study and a total of threequestions are
answered. This is worth 50% of the final marks.

Unit 4: Implications is a unit based on an
anthology compiled by the examination board.
Passages relating to the New Testament will
be studied and the examination paper,
worth 50% of the marks, will assess the students’ grasp of
the issues and implications.

Entry requirements

Although taking RS at GCSE level is not a requirement for
entry to this course, students are usually required to get
a Grade B or higher at GCSE English Language

Future opportunities

Religious Studies teaches students very high academic
skills including those of synthesis and evaluation, while
there are many opportunities to develop independent
learning. As such, it is an A level that acts as a good
preparation for any university course. Students wishing
to read Law are particularly encouraged to take Religious
Studies for one of their choices, as analytical skills are
also part of the requirements for this A level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southend High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years