Religious Studies at Hillview School for Girls
The A Level Religious Studies course requires students to think critically about their own views and opinions relating to religion, beauty, life and death, humour and the mere existence of life. It is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and people who have no faith. Students will learn how to construct well-informed, reasoned arguments, substantiated by relevant evidence and also how to critically analyse and evaluate the views of scholars and academics from across the past 3,000 years of philosophical and ethical thought. It will also focus on the contrasts between Eastern and Western thought along with atheistic belief systems such as Humanism.
The Religious Studies A Level is a broad course designed to encourage students to develop an interest in the rigorous study of religion and belief and how it relates to the wider world and their own values, opinions and attitudes. Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 and is 100% external examination. Over the duration of the two year A Level course, students will be examining the following issues:
Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
• Arguments for the existence of God
• Evil and suffering
• Issues of human life and death
• Introduction to meta-ethics
• Free will and moral responsibility
• Bentham and Kant
Component 2: Study of Christianity and its Dialogues with Philosophy and Ethics
• Sources of wisdom and authority
• God/gods/ultimate reality
• Expression of religious identity
• Religion, gender and sexuality
• Religion and science
• Religion and secularisation
• Religion and religious pluralism
Academic entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 5 in both English and Maths together with an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.
Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for A Level Religious Studies is a Grade 6 in GCSE English or above.
In the world of work employers look for someone with an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints and an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions. These skills are all promoted through the study of RS. RS can also be used to support entry into higher education courses, especially Religious Studies, Theology, Law, Philosophy, Sociology and the Social Sciences.
Links with other courses
RS has good links with English Literature, Sociology, Psychology and History in particular.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hillview School for Girls directly.