Religious Studies A Level at Philip Morant School and College
Studying religion, theology, philosophy and ethics appeals to students who like to debate key philosophical issues and get to the heart of why people hold certain beliefs. They are interested in the world in which they live, in current affairs and how religion has been, to some extent, marginalised by modern developments, such as the developments of science.
Students do not have to have any religious commitment to study this course and can be from any religious background. Rather, the key quality for this course is to have a lively and enquiring mind.
This subject is an ideal complement to subjects in many other disciplines. It has clear links with History, Sociology and English Literature and could be a 'healthy' addition to an otherwise natural science-based programme of study.
In studying this course, students will experience life-enhancing learning in that the topics covered can have a real impact on moral thinking and the dilemmas we face as people. The course explores philosophy, religion and ethics within a modern context. It looks at questions such as:
- Does the order and purpose of the world imply a designer?
- Is religion a human construct?
- Can we talk meaningfully about religion?
- Does God exist?
- What is atheism?
- Is spirituality a type of religious expression?
- Do near-death experiences prove that there is life after death?
- What are miracles and do they still happen?
- Does the existence of evil and suffering in the world mean that there is no God?
Students must have at least a grade C (grade 5) in a humanities subject to demonstrate an ability to write clearly and convey ideas effectively.
Exam Board: AQA
From 2016 this A Level will follow linear assessment meaning that all the exams from the final A Level grade are taken at the end of the two year course.
Students who take this course can progress to read a wide number of degrees at university as it is non-restrictive. Potential careers include journalism, social work, teaching, law, the police, research, medicine, broadcasting and television.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.