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Religious Studies at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

The A Level Religious Studies course requires students to think critically about their own views and opinions relating to religion, beauty, life and death, humour and the mere existence of life. It is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and people who have no faith. Students will learn how to construct well-informed, reasoned arguments, substantiated by relevant evidence and also how to critically analyse and evaluate the views of scholars and academics from across the past 3,000 years of philosophical and ethical thought. It will also focus on the contrasts between Eastern and Western thought along with atheistic belief systems such as Humanism.

Course content

The Religious Studies A Level is a broad course designed to encourage students to develop an interest in the rigorous study of religion and belief and how it relates to the wider world and their own values, opinions and attitudes. Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 and is 100% external examination. Over the duration of the two year A Level course, students will be examining the following issues:

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
• Arguments for the existence of God
• Evil and suffering
• Issues of human life and death
• Introduction to meta-ethics
• Free will and moral responsibility
• Bentham and Kant

Component 2: Study of Christianity and its Dialogues with Philosophy and Ethics
• Sources of wisdom and authority
• God/gods/ultimate reality
• Expression of religious identity
• Religion, gender and sexuality
• Religion and science
• Religion and secularisation
• Religion and religious pluralism

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study Level 3 qualifications at Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 or above in both English (Language or Literature) and Maths and in 3 other GCSE subject plus an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.


Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and an APS of 4.25 or above is required.


Future opportunities

This subject can also be used to support entry into higher education courses, especially
Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Sociology and the Social Sciences.

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Links with other courses

RS has good links with English Literature, Sociology, Psychology and History in particular.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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