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World Religions (SL) *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

Humankind has been concerned throughout recorded history with religious questions, such as the existence of God, the meaning and purpose of life and death, and the sense we make of our lives. In the contemporary world, religion has a significant influence on individuals and societies across the globe. The power of religion to both unite and divide affects believers and unbelievers alike. Therefore, religion in its varied forms is a distinctive realm of human experience that demands academic inquiry.

The course consists of an introductory unit, exploring five of the nine living world religions that form the basis of the syllabus. This is complemented by an in-depth study of two religions chosen from six world religions. This part of the syllabus is guided by themes, key concepts and key questions. The final component is the investigative study, which provides opportunities for individual research of an aspect of the religious experience, practice or belief of a group and/or individual adherents.

Course content

Part 1: Introduction to world religions

Five world religions to be studied – probably including

Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism

Externally moderated by exam

Part 2: In-depth studies

Two world religions to be studied

Buddhism and Christianity

Externally moderated by exam

Part 3: Internal assessment

Investigative study

Internally assessed, externally moderated


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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