Sixth Form: Religious Studies

Subject Overview

The course offers a choice of different religions, ensuring students have a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints. Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media. Religious studies is a thought provoking subject and our contemporary themes will help you become engaged in classroom discussion.

Entry Criteria

You must have at least a grade C in GCSE Religious Studies.

Syllabus (Course Outline and Structure)

AQA exam board

Paper One – 3 hours worth 50% of A level Religious Studies. Paper one has the following topics:

 Section A: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death

 Section B: Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

 Paper Two – 3 hours worth 50% of A level Religious Studies. Paper Two will cover the following:

 Section A: Study of religion

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism

 Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

 Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion.

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Specification

Activities and trips

There will be opportunities for students to visit various places of worship and to meet people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

A level Religious Studies compliments the humanities subjects (Geography, History, Sociology), Law and English Language.

Subject Resources

Other Infomation 

Why study A level Religious Studies?

  • Do you want to learn about religious and non-religious viewpoints?
  • Do you want to gain critical and evaluative skills?
  • Do you want to be challenged and question the world we live in?
  • Do you want to learn about ethical and philosophical arguments?

The contextual evidence demonstrates the status of Religious Studies as an A level for Higher Education entry. The Russell Group of top universities has made it clear that RS A level provides ‘suitable preparation for University generally’. Feedback from admissions administrators from Oxford University and Cambridge University shows that Religious Studies is accepted as an A level with academic rigour and useful for many Arts degree courses. Research has shown the range of degree courses that were taken up by students who took Religious Studies as one of their A levels.

Please speak to Mr Haston, Curriculum Leader for any further information.