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Religious Studies A Level at The Downs School

Course description

Religion, Philosophy and Science. Including Miracles, The Design Argument, Creation and Quantum,

Mechanics Religion and Ethics 1. Including, Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Nature and Value of Life, Abortion and Euthanasia

The course is designed to:  Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world.  Enable students to treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion.  Enable students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.  Afford students the opportunity to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning

Course content

Throughout the two year course students will study, Religion, Philosophy and Science, looking at the ideas and concepts surrounding miracles and natural law. You will study the big bang and big crunch theories, creation and Darwinism as well as Paley‟s and Aquinas‟s teleological and cosmological arguments in relation to the existence of God. Finally there will be an opportunity to read Quantum Mechanics and its relation to religion. Alongside this study, will be an investigation of the utilitarian views of suffering and pleasure, the general principals of situation ethics and moral decision making.

You will explore the ideas of value and nature in life, fatalism and free will as well as humanity and the human condition. Finally in this unit we will explore abortion and euthanasia, from the value and the potential of life to the right to die debate AS and A2 level Religious Studies is both demanding and complex. Students are required to be critical in their research and to develop a keen understanding of the historical, scientific and religious concepts which are embedded in Religious Studies

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the course it is advised students achieve a GRADE B or above in their GCSE Religious Studies examination.


4 Exams over 2 years.

Future opportunities

Advanced level Religious Studies encourages candidates to develop the critical and evaluative skills which enable them to go on to University to study a wide range of courses including Theology, Philosophy, Law, Sociology and the Social Sciences. There are many career opportunities following a course of study at university including further research to doctoral level, teaching and journalism.

Many RS students enter careers as diverse as the police force to working for humanitarian organisations all over the world. The choice is endless as many companies seek students who have developed clear and logical thinking, the ability to critically evaluate problems and research complex data, all of which the course in Religious Studies offers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Downs School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years