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Religious Education at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi

Course description

Level: Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced LevelExamination Board: WJEC Why Religious Studies?
There are two common misconceptions with regard to Religious Studies as an Advanced Subsidiary or A-Level option. Firstly, it’s not a subject just for people who wish to become nuns or priests! Secondly, the purpose of the course is not to turn the student into a more religious person. The course welcomes believers and non-believers alike and for this reason, neither the course content nor the exam will be concerned with your personal opinion about religion. What kind of person chooses Religious Studies at AS / A Level? You need to be an open minded person, especially with regard to religion. It helps if you enjoy debate and discussing the major questions about life which religions try to answer and would like to develop your ability to consider other points of view by these discussions.
Why choose Religious Studies at AS / A Level?
Because it is a multi-disciplined subject you will become proficient in many different skills and your mind will become highly trained. The subject gives an insight into human nature and the aspirations of mankind, will develop self-awareness and encourage systematic and rational thought. It is therefore an excellent choice if you are aiming for the world of industry. The following companies welcome applications from young people who have chosen RS at AS / A-Level: Boots, Marks & Spencer, the Post Office, gas and electricity boards, the Police Force, the Armed Forces, nursing colleges – to name but a few. The subject is also accepted by Universities for courses such as Law, History, Welsh, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy as well as Religious Studies and Divinity courses.

Course content

Religious Studies AS2 Examination Board: WJEC In Year 13 pupils will continue to study one of the options from AS Level along with completing a synoptic module entitled “Life, Death and Life After Death”. The two modules will be externally assessed during the Summer term in two exams of 1¾ hours duration.
Studies in Eastern Religion – Buddhism
1. Scriptures
2. Enlightenment
3. Beliefs and Buddhist tradition
4. Buddhism in Britain
Synoptic Module – RS4 Religion and Human Experience
1. Life, Death and Life after Death One 1 3/4 hour written paper


One 1¼ hour paper will be externally assessed for the two assessment units. Pupils will select two essay questions from four options.

RS4 Religion and Human Experience - 1 3/4 hour written paper

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September