Religious Studies A level

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What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

This A Level covers Philosophy, Ethics and the impact of culture and modern society on the beliefs and practice of religion. The course takes an enquiry based approach.

Details

Paper 1: Philosophy and Ethics

Philosophy of Religion

• Does God exist?
• Can God exist alongside evil?
• Do we have a soul?
• What happens to us after we die?
• What makes religious language meaningful?
• What defines a miracle?

Ethics
• What makes a good action?
• How much free will do I have?
• Is conscience God-given or the product of society?
• How do we define ‘good’ and ‘bad’?
• Ethical theories applied to issues e.g. abortion, embryo research, euthanasia, capital punishment, lying, animal rights

Paper 2: Christianity and Dialogues

Christianity
• How and why Christians differ when making ethical decisions 
• Christian perspectives on ethical issues
• Does religion have a place in a secular society?
• Gender, feminism and sexuality
• The challenge of science for religion
• Religious pluralism

Dialogues
Open questions to explore the challenges and implications, good and bad, of ‘crunching’ Christianity with ethics and philosophy e.g. can you claim to be morally responsible if you have no free will? Can, and should, we prove the existence of God?

How will it be delivered?

If you have taken GCSE Religious Studies, you need to have achieved Grade 6 or above and GCSE English Language at Grade 5 or above. Although building on the skills of GCSE, it is not a requirement to have studied it at GCSE. Therefore, if you have not taken GCSE RS, you need to have GCSE English Language at Grade 5 or above and Grade 6 or above in another text based humanities subject.

To succeed and enjoy this course, you should like questioning and challenging religious beliefs, academics and how people make ethical decisions, whilst being self-reflective. You will also need to read articles and research independently when necessary.

Entry requirements

While GCSE Religious Studies is recommended, it is not necessary. You need to have achieved a Grade 5 in English Language or Religious Studies (if taken) or English Language 5 and another text-based humanity at Grade 6.