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Religious Studies A Level at St Joseph's College

Course description

Religion affects the way every single one of us lives today. It is especially important to understand people’s beliefs in such a secularised community. This course not only helps you to understand subject knowledge but gives you skills which you will need in everyday life. We learn how to argue constructively, think independently and challenge our own and others views which are important skills required at university and in most career paths. This course will provide you with excellent foundations to move into a variety of fields. The skills developed in Philosophy of analysing and evaluating different points of view, arguments and theories, are invaluable both at university and in the work place. You will develop these critical thinking skills through a plethora of relevant and contemporary issues. This could lead on to such university courses as: Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology or Media, or could take you into the fields of work in Journalism, Law, International Relations, Medicine or Philosophy itself. Classes have historically performed very well and students have enjoyed their time on the course.

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy of religion

Learners will study: • ancient philosophical influences • the nature of the soul, mind and body • arguments about the existence or nonexistence of God • the nature and impact of religious experience • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil • ideas about the nature of God • issues in religious language.

Component 2: Religion and ethics

Learners will study: • normative ethical theories • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance • ethical language and thought • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Component 3: Developments in religious thought (Christianity).

Learners will study: • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world • sources of religious wisdom and authority • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

Entry requirements

  • 6+ in religious studies (history / geography considered if you did not study religion).
  • 6+ in English literature or language


100% exam.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's College directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years