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Religious Studies A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The course units chosen for Religious Studies develop an understanding of moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues.

Students are encouraged to develop their own skills of:

  • Reasoned argument concerning values, attitudes and actions
  • Responsible judgments on moral teachings and issues.

As well as giving an opportunity to:

  • Study relationships between religion and culture
  • Consider moral values and attitudes of individuals, faith communities and contemporary society.

Course content

Three modules must be studied throughout the course.

  • Religion and Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • A Study of Religion.

Religion and Ethics.

Students will

  • be introduced to ethical language and thought.
  • be expected to know ethical theories and be able to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
  • be expected to show how ethical decisions can be made by applying principles from the ethical theories.
  • examine and evaluate concepts of free will and determinism

Philosphy of Religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges to religious belief
  • Religious Experience
  • Religious Language

A Study of a Religion

Students will study the religion of Judaism focusing on:

  • Religious figures and sacred texts
  • Religious concepts and religious life
  • Significant social and historical developments in religious thought
  • Jewish practices that shape religious identity

 

Entry requirements

Most students will already have a basic knowledge and understanding of this subject through studying the G.C.S.E. Full Course in Religious Studies.

  • To begin an A Level course, a student will normally have achieved a ‘B’ grade or above at G.C.S.E. Religious Studies.
  • A ‘C’ grade or above in English would also be advantageous. If you do not meet these entry requirements then please feel free to speak to us and we will consider each case on an individual basis.
  • Personal Qualities: An enquiring and questioning mind, showing willingness to question accepted thinking and values and a mature attitude to study, developing the ability to study independently.

Assessment

Three external paper of 2 hours will be set for each assessment unit.

The papers will consist of four structured essay questions and candidates will be required to answer two questions.

All questions will test ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ (20 marks) and ‘Evaluative Skills’ (30 marks).

Future opportunities

Religious Studies has become a very diverse area of study particularly with the introduction of ethics that leads students to challenge and question responses to key moral and ethical issues that impact on our society.

Consequently as a humanities subject it provides a sound academic basis for further education and also equips students with a wide variety of skills demanded in many areas of employment.

For example, from the vocational professions such as medicine and teaching, to retail, banking or law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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