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Religious Studies A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

Religious Studies is a hugely relevant subject in today’s world. The course follows on from GCSE but does not require any previous study of the subject. It is designed to support a course of study which is suitable for students from any religious background (or none).

The aims of this specification are to encourage students to:
- Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion and relate it to the wider world.
- Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.
- Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.
- Treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the specialist study of religion. The course divides into three sections: Philosophy of Religion, Religion & Ethics, and Development in Religious Thought.

Course content

Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion:
- Ancient philosophical influences.
- Soul, mind, body and life after death.
- Religious experience and the existence and nature of God.
- Religious language.
- Twentieth century perspectives.

Unit 2: Religion & Ethics:
- Normative ethical theories.
- Sexual ethics.
- Euthanasia.
- Ethical language.
- Free will.
- Conscience.

Unit 3: Development in Religious Thought - Christianity:
- Human nature and purpose of life.
- Knowledge and revelation of God.
- The Bible.
- The nature and presentation of Jesus Christ.
- Presentation of Jesus Christ.
- Responses to secularism.
- Gender in society and theology.

Entry requirements

Students should be skilled in essay writing, critical analysis, empathy, discussion and selecting relevant information. This course will give students the opportunity to develop an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints and an ability to evaluate decisions. Students are required to be conscientious.

GCSE Requirement: B in a Humanity or Grade 5 in English.

Assessment

Three equally weighted written examination papers, each of two hours.

Future opportunities

Students may go on to study Philosophy, Ethics or Religious Studies at university or even consider a range of employment possibilities such as Teaching, Journalism, Law, Acting, Radio and TV Presenting, Counselling, Nursing, Banking or any career that involves dealing with complex analytic, social or cultural issues.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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