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A Level Religious Studies at St Bede's Catholic College

Course description

We offer Edexcel AS/A level Religious Studies.

Course content

At AS level the course is split into two units: Philosophy of Religion and Investigations.

In the Philosophy of Religion unit, Students will study philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion. Ethics comprises of a study of ethical concepts and dilemmas including utilitarianism, situation ethics, Just War theory.

In the Investigations paper Students will explore past and present debates of the relationship between science and religion and, if it possible to hold both positions. We will explore the scientific and religious methodology used by both disciplines and consider how theories such as the Big Bang, evolution, Creationism seem to remove the need for God. Students will have the opportunity to explore a range of influential scholars in both the field of science and religion and consider whether scientific knowledge undermines religious faith.

At A2 level the course is split into two units: Developments and Implications.

The Developments unit has been designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Unit 1: Religious Studies – Foundations. Students will study two areas including beliefs about life after death: reincarnation; resurrection and the immortality of the soul.

The Implications paper has been designed to build upon on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Units 1, 2 and 3. You will consider and discuss the consequences of holding certain opinions, views or beliefs and how beliefs and values might affect people’s understanding of awareness of religion and human experience.

Religious Studies enables intellectual challenge and provides you with skills in critical thinking, analysis and debate. The course is fascinating and provides one with the opportunity of understanding the beliefs of other people in society, past and present and allows you to question and explore so many of the big, unanswered questions we face today.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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