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Religious Studies A Level at Seven Kings School

Course description

Who should study Religious Studies?

Anyone who has an enquiring and curious mind. Through Religious Studies, students will develop their skills of analysis, deep thinking, evaluation and explanation, as well as learning about a wide range of religious and philosophical theory.

Course content

A Level Component 1 – Philosophy and Religion

(Topics in bold are AS topics as well)

Section A: Study of religion

One religion must be studied

For each faith option the following content is covered:

• God/gods/Ultimate Reality

• Life after death

• The challenge from science

• The nature and role of religion

• Sources of wisdom and authority

Section B: Philosophy of religion

• Arguments for the existence of God

• Evil and suffering

• Religious experience

• Religious language

• Miracles

• Self and life after death

• The nature and function of religion

Section C: The dialogue between philosophy and religion

How religion is influenced by, and influences, philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Assessment
  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level
Component 2 – Ethics, Religion & Society Section A: Study of religion (this must be the same religion studied for Component 1)

For each faith option (2A–2F) the following content is covered:

• Key moral principles

• Religious identity

• Religion and sexual identity

• Religious pluralism

Section B: Ethics and religion

• Ethical theories

• Issues of human life and death

• Issues of animal life and death

• Introduction to meta ethics

• Free will and moral responsibility

• Conscience

• Bentham and Kant

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

How religion is influenced by, and influences, ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Assessment
  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level

Entry requirements

In order to study 4 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-As in your GCSEs (A 7 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level and 1 subject at AS Level you must have at least 6 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

You must have as a minimum of a 5 or above in English Language and Maths

In order to study a subject at A Level you must have at least a grade B (or a 5) in the subject at GCSE:

To study Accounts you must have a at least a 5 in maths

To study Economics you must have a 5 or above in GCSE English Language

To study Maths you need a 7 in GCSE Maths.  Further Maths will be available to those students who have achieved an 8 at GCSE; if you take Further Maths you will also study an AS level in Maths in another option block, so this means 2 Maths AS levels

To study AS Music you need a Grade 5 in an instrument

To study PE you must have at least a B grade in Core Science

To study Psychology you must have at least 5 in English Language and a B Core Science

To study computer science you must have studied it t GCSE and obtained a B grade

To study 1 Science you must have at least a B grade in the subject chosen and additional science students need at least a B grade on average across the exam elements of their course

To study 2 or more Sciences you must have As in those subjects and combined science students will need As in those subjects chosen

To study Physics you also need a 6 or above in Maths

In order to study a subject you have not previously studied at GCSE you must have at least a 5 in English Language or at least a GCSE grade B in a humanity subject

Future opportunities

Progression into Higher Education such as a degree in Philosophy, Theology, Religious Studies, Law, PPE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Seven Kings School directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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