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Religous Studies A Level at Invicta Grammar School

Course description

A Level Religious Studies is an exciting and engaging qualification which offers an academic approach to the study of Religion. The aims of the course are to encourage interest in, and intelligent understanding of the questions that commonly interest philosophers, and to train you to think knowledgeably and logically about them. The course is equally suitable for those who have a religious commitment as it is for those who have none. A fair and rational consideration and evaluation of a range of perspectives is expected.

Religious Studies allows students to:

  • Develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of Religion and its relation to the wider world.
  • Treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of Religion.
  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of Religion.
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Course content

Study of Christianity
This topic allows students the opportunity to analyse scripture, historical accounts and scholarly opinion. There will be four themes within this component: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. The unit includes a focus on the life of Jesus, the early church, the Bible as a source of wisdom, religious concepts and the Christian community.

Philosophy of Religion
In essence, Philosophy of Religion is concerned with thinking about the 'big' questions in life, such as: Who am I? What is the nature of humanity? What is the meaning and nature of the world around me? What happens when we die? Philosophy of Religion approaches religious issues from a logical and rational perspective and examines some of the greatest thinkers and ideas that have influenced the modern world. In the first year of study, we will focus on a variety of central questions relating to religious experience and belief: Is it possible to prove (or disprove) the existence of God by logical reasoning? We will look specifically at the Ontological, Cosmological and Teleological arguments. We will also explore the nature of evil and consider whether suffering and the problem of evil disproves the existence of God? Towards the end of the first year we will examine whether religion be explained (or explained away) in terms of psychological experiences and neuroses and consider whether the existence and nature of God been affected by post-modernism?

The second year will build on the knowledge of the first year with a focus on wider philosophical issues, including religious experience and the nature of religious language. The course will look at the philosophical dimensions of mysticism and miracles.

Religion and Ethics
In the first year, ethical terminology will be explored and then applied to various ethical theories. Students will explore the concept of morality within society and critique various ethical theories; considering whether the theories are effective. The study of ethical theories will be applied to modern ethical scenarios such as capital punishment and abortion to develop student analysis further. Theories such as Divine Command theory and Virtue theory will be explored, with the larger topics focussing on Natural Law, Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism.

In the second year, the concept of free will and determinism, meta-ethics and religious language will be further explored.

Entry requirements

6/above in English Literature.

Assessment

Paper 1
A Study of Christianity
2 hours
Paper 2
Philosophy of Religion
2 hours
Paper 3
Religion and Ethics
2 hours
There is no coursework requirement within this qualification

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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