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Religious Studies A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

This course requires you to have an enquiring mind, an interest in religion and a desire to examine some of the biggest questions in the universe. What you do not need is a religious belief (although it is fine if you do have one!). You will need to be able to read quite challenging texts, take notes, discuss and examine a range of different issues, and be able to write a good examination answer.

Course content

Are you interested in finding out what really makes people tick? What drives certain individuals, groups and communities to act in certain ways? Do you often puzzle over the many news stories of suffering and injustice and wonder what should be done? Do you enjoy a good argument? Should we all have the right to say whatever we want to?

As a result of studying this course students develop the ability of communicating in a sophisticated way, and are able to analyse and deconstruct complex arguments. Crucially, students also gain a greater understanding of the self and the way the world works.

Philosophy means the ‘love of wisdom’ in Greek. This course takes a closer look at the ideas behind how we live our lives. What we think is true affects our view of ourselves and how we treat other people in the world. Ethics is about the right way
to live. Where do these ideas come from? Is there an absolute morality which would be right for everyone? What happens when there is conflict?

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 9-6. You should gain a Grade 5 or above in English and Grade 6 or above in Philosophy & Ethics (if you take PEt/Religious Studies at GCSE).


Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion - 100 marks, 33.33%
Content overview
Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics - 100 marks, 33.33%
Content overview
Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.

Paper 3: Study of Religion - Christianity
Route A - 100 marks, 33.33%
Content overview
Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.

Assessment overview for all units
One question in each of the two sections on each paper (one 20 mark, one 30 mark question on each).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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