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Religious Studies A Level (Edexcel) (Block B) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

This course encourages you to develop an appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies. It does this through an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion. It will help you develop a holistic understanding of religion because your studies will facilitate enquiry Into ultimate questions about the purposes and commitments of human life, especially as expressed in philosophy, ethics and religion.

The course will also encourage you to make connections so that in each field of study you understand the influences over time of developments in religiousbeliefs and practices, the philosophy of religion, religious ethics and/or textual interpretation. The course encourages you to compare the significant ideas presented in works of scholars selected from the fields of philosophy, ethics and religion. This will enable you to reflect on and develop your values, opinions and attitudes in the light of your studies.


Course content

This course comprises three units (from a choice of four), all of which are assessed externally. They are

Unit 1 - Philosophy of religion

Unit 2 – Religion and ethics

Unit 4 - Study of religion: Islam

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ in Religious Studies or another humanities course, as well at 5+ in GCSE English. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a humanities discipline will be considered through interview.


Written examination (2h) - Externally assessed (33.3%)
Written examination (2h) - Externally assessed (33.3%)
Written examination (2h) - Externally assessed (33.3%)

Future opportunities

Religious Studies develops transferable skills for progression to higher education – you will use ideas from a range of approaches to the study of religions and beliefs in order to research and present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, which engage profoundly with moral, religious and spiritual issues. This will enable you to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask the school careers staff or Head of Sixth Form or take a look at the website identified above.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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