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Religious Studies AS/A-Level at Cranford Community College

Course description

At AS we start by looking at the philosophical concept of proof and then focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the Design Argument. We also consider whether the Problem of Evil proves the nonexistence of God. In Ethics we look at ethical theories such as Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics and then put them into practice by considering the concept of Just War. The Investigations Unit is a balance between teacher directed and more independent student enquiry. Selected topic: Religious Experience.

At A2 we consider if Religious Language is meaningful, and if not is the idea of God meaningless? Do religious experiences show that there is a God or are they the products of deluded minds? Should morality be absolute as theories such as Deontology and Natural Moral Law suggest? In the most challenging of all, the Implications Unit, you build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Units 1, 2 and 3. You answer questions that are a blend of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion. It brings the course together and demonstrates the ability to link learning, a very important skill for university. You will study 3 different essays written by Ayer, Donovan and Westphal, any one of these could come up in the exam, where you have to comment on the scholars views, examine whether you agree or not and evaluate the implications of the views expressed.

Entry requirements

Normally C in RE (if taken) and a C in English.

Future opportunities

This is a very strong A Level, highly rated by top universities. It is a good basis for going on to study other analytical subjects such as History, Politics, Law and Sociology at university as well as a range of Philosophy, Theology and Degrees based on the study of religion. Careers that it can lead towards include: Law, HR, Teaching, Investment Banking, Journalism, Media and Broadcasting, Healthcare, Accountancy, Politics, Economist, Lecturer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cranford Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years