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Religious Studies at Outwood Academy Hemsworth

Course description

Religious Studies helps you think critically about your own beliefs and other peoples'. It helps you to challenge what you are told and accept nothing at face value.

Course content

What will I study

This subject is a wide-ranging, academic discipline and one of the fastest growing un UK schools. An understanding of issues centreal to Religious Studies is of great value in making sense of today's world, indeed of human life as a whole. The subject will appeal to students who enjoy the analysis and discussion of many of life's fundamental questions, or who want to understand the convictions of others, as well as examining their own beliefs and values.

The course focuses on Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and involves some reference to the Judeao-Christian tradition as well as to other religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Contemporary issues and secular perspectives are also considered on a range of topics such as sexual ethics and justice, law and punishment.

The course is primarily taught through class discussion, study of textual extracts and relevant video materials. Homework tasks include writing essays, evaluating textbook chapters and revising for class tests.











Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a minimum of 5 A* - C GCSE grades (or the new Grades 4 - 9) including Grade C (Grade 4+) and above at GCSE Religious Studies.  


Timed Examinations

Future opportunities

Universities welcome students with Religious Studies A level onto a variety of courses in Humanities. Arts and Sciences as well as to specific courses in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theology or other related subjects such as History, English, Politics and Law.

Employers are interested in candidates who have demonstrated an interest in peoples attitudes and beliefs. Religious Studies links well with a wide variety of careers, such as Law, Medicine, Journalism, Teaching and the Police.

Key Skills: Religious Studies will enable you to collect key skills evidence in commication, ICT, problem solving, improving own learning and performance and working with others


Further information


In addition to the practical aspects of the course, there are six further theoretical modules, examined throughfour units of assessment.  Students must study and be assessed on their performance in three units. Students will be assessed in three further units. Again, this will be examined through one written paper.



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 October 2016
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