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Religious Studies AS & A Level at John Leggott Sixth Form College

Course description

You will consider the relationship between religion and ethics and philosophy. You will also study the religious practices of Islam and the fundamentals of religion.

Course content

AS course: 1st Year

Unit 1 - Religion and Ethics

  • can abortion and euthanasia ever be said to be good?  
  • do humans have a right to life?  
  • should humans be given priority over the life of animals?  
  • does love allow people to do anything
  • is the ending of pain and suffering more important than the increase in pleasure?

Unit 2 - Islam

  • how should Muslim be defined?
  • is it good to fear God?
  • how far is the Qur’an the only guidance a Muslim needs?
  • are the five pillars the most important duties for Muslims today?
  • how far are beliefs about angels, resurrection and judgement relevant today?

A2 course: 2nd Year

Unit 3 - Philosophy of Religion

  • what is evil and how can it be explained in a world created by God?
  • can the existence of God be argued?
  • is it possible to talk meaningfully about God?
  • do near death experiences provide reasonable grounds for belief in the afterlife?
  • are there reasonable grounds for the belief in the existence of a soul?

Unit 4 - Religious Fundamentalism

  • why does fundamentalism emerge?
  • are there similarities between different religions?
  • what do the Taliban stand for?
  • why is Pentecostalism increasing in the world?

Entry requirements

GCSE English at grade C or above. GCSE average 5.2 or above.


100% exams

Future opportunities

Many students go on to a wide range of Higher Education courses in subjects including law, education, sociology, anthropology and religion and employment opportunities linked to religious studies include counselling, social work and jobs within charities and local government.

Further information

You could join the Debating Society, Law Society or Sociology Society.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Leggott Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

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