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Religious Studies PED at Invictus Sixth Form

Course description

A-level Religious Studies include questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to:

• select and apply specified knowledge constructing well informed and reasoned arguments substantiated by relevant evidence

• identify, investigate and critically analyse questions, arguments, ideas and issues

• engage in debate and critically analyse and evaluate the views and arguments of scholars/academics

• account for the influence of social, religious and historical factors on developments in the study of religions and beliefs as a whole.

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

Section A: Philosophy of religion

Arguments for the existence of God,

Evil and suffering

Religious experience

Verifying religious experiences

Religious language


Self, death and the afterlife

Section B: Ethics and religion

Normative ethical theories

The application of natural moral law, situation ethics and virtue ethics to: Issues of human life and death and Issues of non-human life and death

Introduction to meta ethics: the meaning of right and wrong

Free will and moral responsibility


Comparison of the key ideas of Bentham and Kant about moral decision making

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Section A: Study of Religion

We will study either Christianity, Islam or Buddhism depending on the group consensus.

Section B: Dialogues

This section of the specification is focused on the connections between various elements of the course and requires students to develop breadth and depth in their understanding of the connections between the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the specification. There are two areas for study, firstly the dialogue between the chosen religion and philosophy: how developments in belief have, over time, influenced and been influenced by philosophical studies of religion, secondly the dialogue between the chosen religion and ethics: how developments in belief have influenced and been influenced by ethical studies. Students will be required to demonstrate a critical awareness of these connections and to analyse their nature.

Entry requirements

Specific Entry Requirements for this course ( in addition to at least 5 grades 5s inc Eng and Maths):

It is useful to have done Religious Studies GCSE but nor vital.


2 three hour exams, both worth 50% each of the total mark.

Future opportunities

A Level Religious Studies is a highly academic subject that prepares the way for higher study at university in all subject areas.

Religious studies graduates often go on to further career training and jobs in:

• Business / international business - Marketing and management

• Marketing and management

• The government, foreign service, or voluntary work

• Non-profit or non-governmental organisations

• Counselling and Social Work

• Education

• Journalism / publishing

• Law

• Medicine

• Event planning, hospitality, or the service industry

• Museums and the arts

Further information

Rachel Woods

Mr M Watts , Head of Humanities

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: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: AQA

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