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Religious Studies A Level at The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough

Course description

Throughout the world, religion continues to be a force for reconciliation or conflict amongst individuals and communities. An understanding of the nature and contemporary role of religion therefore seems important. This course aims to assist the understanding, by a method of debate and enquiry. Philosophical and sociological approaches will be used alongside consideration of the historical, legal and traditional issues.

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy & Religion includes:
- The challenge of science
- Life after death
- Miracles
- Religious experience
- The nature and role of religion
- Wisdom and authority

Component 2: Ethics, Religion and Society includes:
- Medical issues i.e. abortion, genetic engineering & euthanasia
- Animal rights
- Sexual identity
- Free will and moral responsibility
- Conscience
- Secular ethical theories

Candidates must study both components. There is no controlled assessment/coursework. All students will sit two exam papers (one for each component). Each exam paper will be 3 hours in length.

Entry requirements

QEHS standard entry requirements will apply and in addition students are expected to achieve at least a grade B in GCSE full or short course religious studies.

Future opportunities

Students are strongly advised to investigate the possibility of A Level work in RS. Although you may not intend to specialise in the subject beyond A Level, you will find that the study of religious ideas and the exploration of religious, philosophical and ethical questions can illuminate and complement other subjects, whether in the arts, the humanities or the sciences. It needs to be stressed that, at external examination level, RS is accorded the same status as any other subject.

A number of skills are involved (and required) which can be useful in pursuing certain careers. Former students say:

- ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the RS course. Ethics has been useful in my medical studies….I found the interviewers were interested that I had studied it at A Level’.
- ‘RS is definitely something that future medical applicants should consider’.
- ‘The ethics module helped me in my university interviews’.
- ‘I chose to study RS because I want to study Law at university. Many laws that exist today have their grounding in religious teaching. I feel it is important to understand how the legal system considers religious beliefs and differing communities’

Many students have gone on to apply their RS skills in a wide range of higher education opportunities and careers i.e. BBC Religious Affairs correspondent, medical professionals, teachers, lawyers, journalists and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2017

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