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Religious Studies A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

Course description

Religious Studies is a broad subject at A level encompassing ethics, philosophy, theology and belief systems thus this subject can give students both social and academic benefits. A levels involving philosophy, theology and ethics enjoy a very high status with employers and universities. Careers in sociology, law, teaching and
theology are possibilities.

Course content

Religious Studies A Level is comprised of two components. The subject offers an excellent combination of ethics, philosophy and religion.

Component One
Section A: Philosophy of religion • Arguments for the existence of God. • Evil and suffering. • Religious experience. • Religious language. • Miracles. • Self and life after death.
Section B: Ethics and religion • Ethical theories. • Issues of human life and death. • Issues of animal life and death. • Introduction to meta ethics. • Free will and moral responsibility. • Conscience. • Theories of Bentham and Kant.

Component Two
Section A: Study of Christianity • Sources of wisdom and authority. • God • Self, death and the afterlife. • Good conduct and key moral principles. • Expression of religious identity. • Religion, gender and sexuality. • Religion and science. • Religion and secularization. • Religion and religious pluralism.
Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion. How religion is influenced by, and has an
influence on philosophy.
Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion. How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies.

Entry requirements

Religious Studies is an inclusive course designed for people of any faith and those who have none. Students will require at least a grade ‘B’ in Religious Studies or a similar subject at GCSE.


Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
Written exam. Four compulsory
3 hours
Christianity and Dialogues
Written exam Two compulsory two-part questions (10 marks and 15 marks). Two synoptic essays from a choice of four (25 marks )
3 hours

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2018
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