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Religious Studies at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

This course will enable students to:

  • identify basic questions of Theology and to explore these within the context of Christian tradition and scholarship.
  • develop knowledge and critical understanding of ethical, philosophical and scriptural issues.
  • make connections between areas of study and aspects of human experience.
  • demonstrate an ability to express themselves clearly and logically in an intelligent argument, and to develop the skill of critical evaluation

Course content

Students are taught in small groups where possible  and a variety of approaches are used: teacher presentation, student led seminars, discussion/debate and use of film/documentary materials are all used regularly.

There is also the emphasis on students undertaking extensive reading both in and outside lessons and developing their own style of note taking. Where possible, external conferences are attended to consolidate these teaching methods.

Unit 1 AS (Yr12) - Philosophy of Religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • The problem of evil and suffering

Unit 2 AS (Yr12) - Religion and Ethics

  • Ethical Theory
  • Applied Ethics Topics

Unit 3 AS (Yr12)  - New Testament Studies

  • Setting and Methodology
  • Person of Jesus

A2
A continuation of the three areas of Ethics, Philosophy and New Testament

  • Ethical and Philosophical language
  • Works of scholars
  • Medical ethics
  • Death & Resurrection
  • Kingdom of God

 

 

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.
  • GCSE RE at grade B or above is preferred

Assessment

Unit 1 AS (Yr12) - Philosophy of Religion

  • Written examination (1 hour)
  • Four short structured questions
  • A choice of two, two part essay questions.

Unit 2 AS (Yr12) - Religion and Ethics

  • Written examination (1 hour)
  • Four short structured questions
  • A choice of two, two part essay questions

Unit 3 AS (Yr12)  - New Testament Studies

  • Written examination (1 hour)
  • Four short structured questions
  • A choice of two, two part essay questions.

A2 - A continuation of the three areas of Ethics, Philosophy and New Testament

  • Three written examinations (2 hours each)
  • Section A: Three short structured questions
  • Section B: Two extended responses to unseen passages
  • Section C: A choice of two extended essay questions

 

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a demanding yet rewarding subject for those with the ability to meet the challenge. It is a recognised and Russell Group recommended advanced level subject from which to progress to a variety of university and Higher Education courses.

A qualification in Religious Studies at A level or beyond is accepted by a wide range of employers as a valued qualification for entry to a broad spectrum of careers. Its ethical aspects are particularly valued by the legal and medical professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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