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Religious Studies A2 at St Paul's Catholic School for Girls

Course description

Religious Studies

Course content

At St Paul's, you will follow the WJEC course in Religious Studies. In Year 12, you will complete a module in Ethics and a module in Philosophy, both of which will be examined in May-June.
In Year 13, you will complete a second module in Philosophy, as well as the compulsory Synoptic module in Religious Experience. These will also be examined at the end of the year.

 RS3: Studies in Philosophy of Religion

RS4: Studies in Religion and Human Experience

Entry requirements

At least a grade B in English Language GCSE. A grade B or higher in Religious Education GCSE would be helpful but not essential.


Throughout the year, each topic will be formally assessed by a past paper question. There will also be shorter class and homework tasks to be completed.

For a standard essay question you will receive marks, an overall grade and feedback. The criteria used for marking follows that used in the examination.

Some written feedback will be given on the essay itself and overall feedback will be given on a feedback sheet.                                                          Other types of homework, such as notes, exercises, research will be given a summative and/or formative comment as appropriate.

There is no examined coursework for AS Philosophy and Ethics.

Future opportunities

Like any other subject, the fact that you have gained an AS or A Level qualification is evidence of your ability which will be required by employers and universities. Your results will carry points that can be added to the points from other subjects under the UCAS scheme that all universities use to choose students. Employers value the skills that RS teaches. These include independent and critical thinking, powers of analysis, evaluation of ideas and arguments and the ability to share, discuss and appreciate different points of view.  

People with qualifications in RS find jobs in an amazing variety of fields. The understanding of ethics, philosophy, beliefs and culture that RS  

develops can be helpful in any career that involves dealing with people, including medicine, social work, police, personal management, teaching, catering and a host of others.

Further information

Please read through our Sixth Form Prospectus for further details.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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