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Religious Studies AS & A Level at Coloma Convent Girls' School

Course description

Religious Studies helps develop thinking and analytical skills, the ability to advance and structure an argument, textual analysis and it fosters independent thinking. This course complements a wide range of subjects: English, History, Sociology, Geography, Drama, Languages, Psychology and Maths have all made use of transferable skills. This course also supports those who study the sciences, particularly those who wish to follow a career in Medicine. This course is available to people of any religious belief, or none. You do not have to be religious to succeed in Religious Studies.

Course content

The Religious Studies A level course gives you the opportunity to study some of the fundamental questions which people have always asked about:

  • Why are we here?
  • How should we behave?
  • What happens to us when we die?
  • How do religious believes explain & explore their beliefs

Religious Studies involves some major academic disciplines such as Theology, Moral Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion. Consequently you will study some of the following themes: 

  • Developments in Religious Thought– religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically, and in the contemporary world, sources of religious wisdom and authority, practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition, significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought, key themes related to the relationship between religion and society in the context of one religion.
  • Religion and Ethics- normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance, ethical language and thought, debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience ,sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of the developments in religious beliefs.
  • Philosophy of Religion – ancient philosophical influences, the nature of the soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experience, the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil, ideas about the nature of God, issues in religious language.

Entry requirements

The chosen pathway requirements and at least Grade B at GCSE Religious Studies. The course requires students to be enthusiastic, critical, empathetic yet disciplined and willing to pursue a course of academic rigour.

Further information

This A level has a linear specification

Awarding Body: 2017-19

OCR Oxford and Cambridge AS Religious Studies- H173
OCR Oxford and Cambridge A level Religious Studies H573

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coloma Convent Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2017
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