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Religous Studies AS Level at Thomas Mills High School

Course description

This subject extends the knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious perspectives built on the knowledge and skills form GCSE. The course requires a genuine interest in the varied beliefs and values held by others and a desire to analyse ultimate questions. The skills and knowledge provide an excellent grounding for university study and the course as a whole provides an opportunity for students to assess and develop
their ideologies.

Course content

Module 1: Philosophy - This provides the opportunity to study at AS a wide variety of complex issues such as the relationship between the body and soul, Greek philosophers, arguments that try to prove the existence of God, religious experience and the problem of evil. These are then dealt with in greater detail at A level with the addition of exploring the nature and attributes of God, religious language and twentieth century philosophical perspectives.

Module 2: Ethics - At AS level the students will study a range of normative ethical theories including natural law, situation ethics, Kanti an ethics and utilitarianism. These are then used to investigate and analyse applied ethical issues such as euthanasia
business ethics. At A level they will look more deeply at Meta ethics - the language used in ethical statements as well as conscience and sexual ethics.

Module 3: Developments in Christian Thought – At AS level students are given the opportunity to investigate theological ideas such as original sin, human relationships with God before and after the Fall, God’s revelation through Christ and the authority of the bible. At A level, students will look more deeply into topics such as religious pluralism, gender and society and liberation theology.

Entry requirements

A background in GCSE Religious Studies helps, but it is not essential and a number of students without the GCSE have achieved very highly. The course does not assume a personal commitment to a religion, but a lively interest in questions posed by human existence are essential. All students will study the three modules: Philosophy, Ethics
and Developments in Christian Thought.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies A Level has equal status with all advanced levels. It is becoming increasing popular and is highly regarded as a subject by universities. It is useful in a wide variety of fields but is of particular benefit to those wanting to work with people. The subject provides and enhances skills that enable one to think logically and present arguments in a reasoned and coherent manner.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Mills High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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