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Religious Studies at Ysgol Llanhari

Course description

During the course, students will study two units of work based on the Hindu and Islamic religions.
The A2 course will involve a further in-depth study of the Hindu religion and a synoptic unit on the theme Life, Death and Life after Death.

Course content

AS – Students will study an introduction to Hinduism, which entails
studying the diversity of beliefs within Hinduism and also look at some of
the key beliefs and practices. A study will also be made of the God and
Goddesses within Hinduism and of the festivals followed by believers.
Students also study an introduction to Islam where they look at the
foundations of the religion and some of the key beliefs and practices. In
addition they will look at the life of Muhammad and Muslim family life.

A2 – Students will be required to study two units of work. The first will
look at the origins of Hinduism, one of their holy books (The Bhagavad
Gita), contemporary Hinduism and the attitude towards women in
Hinduism. Students will also study a thematic unit of work based on
differing views on life, death and life after death. They will be required to
synoptically collect information, understanding and skills from their AS
study and apply this to their A2 studies. Students will study four units
within the synoptic units - Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Philosophy of

Entry requirements

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AS – Two one hour and a quarter external examinations based on each
unit of work.
A2 – Two one hour and a half external examinations based on each unit
of work. Students will pre prepare an answer for the synoptic paper.

Future opportunities

Students will be able to continue to study Religious Studies at degree level
if they wish. The subject is also considered useful for many careers in
modern society where an individual is required to work alongside others
with differing viewpoints or beliefs. A qualification in Religious Studies
shows an understanding of different beliefs and cultures. Some career
opportunities with a Religious Studies qualification include: teaching,
nursing, medicine, police work, social workers, journalism, television
reporting, media and the law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September