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AS/A2 Religious Studies at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

Unit 1 - Foundations (AS)

• Arguments for the existence of God

• Problem of evil and suffering

• Philosophical debates about miracles

• New Testament (fourth gospel) – the nature of discipleship, Jesus’ teaching on women and the Holy Spirit

Unit 2 – Investigations (AS)

• An essay on an issue from ethics

Unit 3 – Developments (A2) Philosophy of Religion

• Philosophical arguments about the existence of God

• Life after death

• Religious language and religious experience

• Fourth Gospel Theology and Christology

• The purpose of the Fourth Gospel

• The prologue of the Fourth Gospel

• Conflict with religious and political Organisations in the Fourth Gospel

• Crucifixion and resurrection in the Fourth Gospel New Testament – Fourth Gospel (A2) Philosophical and theological studies of the Person of Christ and the significance of his teachings:

Who is Jesus Christ?

Teachings of Jesus Christ, Death and resurrection How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 (AS): Assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute exam answering 3 questions.

Unit 2 (AS): Assessed by a 1 hour 15 minute exam answering one essay question.

Unit 3 (A2): Assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute exam answering 3 questions.

Unit 4 (A2): Assessed through a 1 hour 15 minute exam answering one question.

Who should do this course ?

• Students who have an interest in and an enthusiasm for theology, philosophy and ethics as an academic discipline.

• Students with an enquiring, critical and empathetic approach to the study of theology, philosophy and ethics.

How is the course delivered ?

Members of the R.S. department will teach this course using various teaching methods.

These will range from teacher-led sessions to group discussions, with an opportunity for students to lead sessions, reflecting on their own or in small groups, undertaking research and producing short films.

During the course there is usually the opportunity to travel to lectures as well as having special input from visiting speakers.

What equipment will I need ?

A large ring-binder, standard classroom stationery and a RSV or NIV Bible (paper or e-book).

What next ?

Religious Studies is a highly regarded academic subject and is accepted by all higher education establishments.

There is a host of careers for which the qualification is useful including journalism & law. Many previous students have gone into occupations where they are working with people.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take AS/A2 Religious Studies should have five GCSE A* - C grades including English and Maths. Students do not need to have studied GCSE Religious Studies in order to pursue Post-16 examination courses.

The ability to write essays, an interest in the subject and a willingness to read around the areas of study are essential ingredients for those embarking upon this course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years