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Religious Studies at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

An AS/A Level in Religious Studies includes the following aspects; religion in contemporary society, religion and ethics, philosophy of religion, biblical studies and religion and human experience. All units will enlarge your understanding of religious beliefs and practices and how they affect people's lives and you will have the opportunity to develop your thinking skills. Religious studies should help you to develop and mature as a person by stimulating your own beliefs, abilities and self understanding. It should deepen your understanding of other people and what motivates them. Individual subject units will be decided in consultation with students. Each of the two units at AS level is assessed through a 75 minute examination and is worth 50% of the AS grade (25% of the A level grade). At A2, students must take one of the options covered in AS to a higher level in Unit 3. This is assessed through a 1¾ hour examination. Unit 4 is based on topics which are pre-released in the January of Year 13. Students complete another 1¾ hour paper on these topics.

Future opportunities

Religious studies could be studied alongside many other arts and humanities subjects but it also has much to offer scientists too. Once the AS is completed it is possible to progress to study the A2 level in religious studies. You can continue to study religious studies at degree level in higher education or use the skills gained within employment. People with qualifications in religious studies find jobs in an amazing variety of fields and especially in careers that involve dealing with other people. The understanding of ethics, beliefs and culture that this course develops can be helpful for careers in medicine, social work, police service, personnel management, teaching and the hospitality industry. Religious studies could be studied alongside many other arts and humanities subjects but it also has much to offer scientists too. Once the AS is completed it is possible to progress to study the A2 level in religious studies.

Further information

For more information, please speak with Mentors, Subject Leaders, Connexions Personal Advisors and school careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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