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Religious Studies A Level at Great Wyrley Performing Arts High School

Course description

The course is split into 2 components.

Component 1, which is philosophy and ethics and Component 2, which is religion and dialogues.

The religion studied for component 2 is exclusively Christianity.

There are 2 3hr exams at the end of the second year, one for each component.

Each exam paper has 2 assessment objectives.

AO1
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief including:
- Religious, philosophical and/or ethical thought and teaching.
- Influence of beliefs, teachings and practises on individuals, communities and societies.
- Cause and significance of similarities and differences in belief, teaching and practise.
- Approaches to the study of religion and belief.

AO2
Analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study.

Course content

Year 1. Component 1 – philosophy and ethics.
The design argument.
The cosmological argument.
The ontological argument.
The existence of evil and suffering denies a benevolent God (the inconsistent triad)
Different types of religious experience.
Natural moral law.
Situation ethics.
Virtue ethics.
Issues of human life and death.
Issues of animal life and death.

Year 1. Component 2 – religion and dialogues.
Sources of wisdom and authority.
God/Ultimate Reality.
Self, death and afterlife.
Good conduct and moral principles.
Expressions of religious identity.

Year 2. Component 1 – philosophy and ethics.
Religious language.
Miracles.
Philosophy of self, death and afterlife.
Meta-ethics.
Free will and moral responsibility.
Conscience.
Comparison of Bentham and Kant.

Year 2 component 2 – religion and dialogues.
Religion, gender and sexuality.
Religion and science.
Religion and secularisation.
Religion, migration and pluralism.

Future opportunities

A-level Religious Studies helps students develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of Religion and its relation to the wider world. It encourages students to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning. Students will have an opportunity to study aspects of one or more religions, including textual, theological, historical, ethical, phenomenological and philosophical perspectives. This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied Religious Studies at GCSE but no prior knowledge of Religious Studies is required. The specification encourages students to develop critical and evaluative skills which will enable them to go on to higher education to study a wide range of courses including Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Sociology and the Social Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Wyrley Performing Arts High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 August 2017
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