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Religious Education A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

Religious Studies encourages an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion and enable students to develop an insight into areas of knowledge, belief and thought central to an understanding of the modern world. Through a study of philosophy, ethics and the world’s major religions, students will gain a range of knowledge and skills that will help them make sense of contemporary events. It combines social, cultural, historical and philosophical perspectives. It combines creativity with analysis and the development of key skills: research, essay writing and debate. You will have a better understanding of your own beliefs and ideas. Religious Studies develops argument, reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Course content

What will I learn?

The philosophy of religion, the argument for the existence of God, the problem of evil, the attributes of God and religious language. You will have an opportunity to research an area that you are interested in: religion and art, religion and the media or focus on a particular religion such as Islam or Christianity. You will be able to develop knowledge gained at GCSE and you will encounter more conceptually challenging ideas. You will look at ethical issues such as situation ethics and virtue theory and apply them to religious contexts. In the A2 you will take these ideas further and look at the impact religious belief has on human experience and society.

You will utilise a variety of resources including many internet resources, podcasts, magazines and use various software resources such as Prezi and Socrative.

Entry requirements

B in GSCE English Literature or B in GCSE Religious Studies, Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - Edexcel

Future opportunities

You can go on to study degrees in a variety of humanities subjects, including theology, sociology, philosophy and English, and work in any number of fields including law, medicine, teaching, business and politics.

Further information

There are trips to student conferences including Westminster Abbey and we are hoping to organise a student conference at Woodhouse.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodhouse College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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