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Religious Studies at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

Who would suit or enjoy the course?

Anyone who has an interest in the human condition, and who reflects on the world and universe around them. Religion is all about people, their beliefs and values, their relationships, their dreams and hopes, their fears and failures. Religious Studies, and in particular the study of philosophy and ethics, help you to understand what some of the great thinkers have discovered. How we can try to reason out the universe and our existence, and how we should, and ought to act.

What is the structure of the modules and methods of assessment?

The two units which are studied at AS Level are Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. The Philosophy of Religion unit explores arguments for the existence of God and their criticisms. These include the cosmological and teleological arguments. Students will also explore units on Evil and Suffering, and Religious Experience. The Religion and Ethics unit explores ideas about what is good; should we be good. They examine Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism and Applied Ethics. At AS, two examinations of one and a quarter hours each. You choose two essay questions out of four. At A2, two examination papers of one and three quarter hours each. You choose two essay questions out of four on one paper. On the other paper you write just one extended essay on a topic you are given five months before the examination. What skills are needed/involved: An ability to plan, structure and produce extended pieces of writing will be necessary. You should be able to articulate your view, be prepared to have it challenged and listen to others.

ICT skills are always helpful, but not essential. RS will develop the higher level thinking skills of application, evaluation and analysis. Where can this subject lead me to in the future? Like any other subject, the simple evidence that you have passed is evidence of your ability which will be recognized by employers and universities. Universities and employers will value the skills that RS teaches.

You can continue to study RS for a university degree. Even if you do not, what you have learnt will help you in a wide range of other subjects. People with qualifications in RS find jobs in an amazing variety of fields. For example, the understanding of ethics, beliefs and culture that RS develops can be helpful in any career that involves dealing with people, including Medicine, Social Work, Police, Personnel Management, Teaching, Catering and a host of others.

Entry requirements

5A*-C GCSEs with minimum B in subject of choice

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years