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Religious Studies A-Level at Polam Hall School

Course description

Religious Studies is a lively and stimulating subject which encourages you to assess the relevance and worth of ethical and philosophical arguments in today’s complex world. The units covered will particularly suit those who enjoy analytical thinking; like arguing a case and can write clearly and fluently. It is not necessary to have studied Religious Studies before at GCSE, but enthusiasm and an open mind is essential.

Religious Studies combines well with almost all other Humanities AS/Advanced GCE subjects and many students take R.S. alongside their scientific studies.

The course develops a range of transferable skills such as collecting, synthesising and interpreting information from a range of sources; written and oral communication and problem solving.

Course content

AS units:

Unit 1: Foundations

  • Foundations for the study of the philosophy of religion, including the problem of evil and suffering
  • Foundations for the study of ethics, covering such issues as war and peace and sexual ethics

Assessment: 1 hour and 45 minutes examination paper

Unit 2: Investigations

  • A enquiry-based unit which allows you to study a topic of interest within philosophy or ethics in greater detail

Assessment: 1 hour and 15 minutes examination paper

A2 units:

Unit 3: Developments

  • Philosophy of religion, including beliefs about life after death
  • Ethical concepts, such as natural moral law and virtue ethics

Assessment: 1 hour and 45 minutes examination paper

Units 4: Implications

  • This is a synoptic unit which asks you to critically examine the consequences of holding on to a set of beliefs, views or opinions for both individuals and society

Assessment: 1 hour and 15 minutes examination paper

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Advanced Level study is 6 A* - C grades. Students’ GCSEs must include Mathematics and English at least at Grade C. 4/3 subjects at AS level are usually studied in the first year.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this Advanced GCE will give you access to a range of career and higher education opportunities. Previous R.S. students have gone on to study subjects at university ranging from Law to Medicine. The skills developed in Religious Studies may prove particularly useful for careers in Law, Education, Social Work, Politics, Administration and the Media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Polam Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015
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