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Religious Studies A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

This is an exciting course and promises to be one which offers students opportunities for discussion, critical debate and will pose challenges to existing points of view. The Times newspaper reported that this course is the third most wanted by Oxford and Cambridge. This is because it gives you the opportunity to study issues and academic questions which matter and which people of all races have been exploring for centuries. What’s the value of life? Which beliefs do you live by? Can we prove God exists? If God does exist why does He let people suffer? How did we get here? Students will learn in a variety of ways and be given the opportunity to develop their skills of reasoning, communication, research etc. It will appeal to students with an enquiring mind, who are able to communicate their views effectively, who can listen to the views of others and can see the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of theories.

Course content

There will be three exams at the end of Year 13, one each for Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics, each two hours long.

Christianity Content
- Religious figures and sacred texts (Jesus and the Bible)
- Religious concepts and religious life (The Nature of God, Trinity, Atonement)
- Social and historical developments (wealth, migration, discrimination)
- Religious Practices and Identity (Baptism, Eucharist, Festivals)

Philosophy Content
- Arguments for the existence of God (cosmological, teleological)
- Arguments for the existence of God (ontological)
- The Problem of Evil
- Challenges to Religious Belief (Freud and Jung)
- Religious Experience
- Miracles
- Religious Language

Ethics content
- Ethical Thought (Divine Command Theory, Virtue Theory, Ethical Egosim, Meta Ethics)
- Deontological Ethics (Aquinas, Finnis and Hoose)
- Teleological Ethics (Fletcher, Bentham and Mill)
- Determination and Free Will

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

Future opportunities

Religious Studies enables students to develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues in depth.

Students will develop and deploy many skills including:

-Recall, select and deploy specific knowledge
- Identify, investigate and analyse questions and issues, arising from the course of study
- Communicate and evaluate religious concepts, issues, ideas, and the relevance of arguments

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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