A Level Religious Studies

Please note: students in Year 12 (September 2016) will be following the new specification as outlined below and Year 13 (September 2016) will be following the legacy course outlined underneath

Who should study Religious Studies?

Anyone who has an enquiring and curious mind. Through Religious Studies, students will develop their skills of analysis, deep thinking, evaluation and explanation, as well as learning about a wide range of religious and philosophical theory.

The Course

A Level

Component 1 – Philosophy and Religion

(Topics in bold are AS topics as well)

Section A: Study of religion

One religion must be studied

For each faith option the following content is covered:

• God/gods/Ultimate Reality

• Life after death

• The challenge from science

• The nature and role of religion

• Sources of wisdom and authority

Section B: Philosophy of religion

• Arguments for the existence of God

• Evil and suffering

• Religious experience

• Religious language

• Miracles

• Self and life after death

• The nature and function of religion

Section C: The dialogue between philosophy and religion

How religion is influenced by, and influences, philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Assessment

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level

Component 2 – Ethics, Religion & Society

Section A: Study of religion (this must be the same religion studied for Component 1)

For each faith option (2A–2F) the following content is covered:

• Key moral principles

• Religious identity

• Religion and sexual identity

• Religious pluralism

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

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

How religion is influenced by, and influences, ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Assessment

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level

Where it leads

Progression into Higher Education such as a degree in Philosophy, Theology, Religious Studies, Law, PPE.

Please note: The following course is for current (September 2015) Year 12 and Year 13 students only  

AQA (AS: 5061, A2: 6061)

Who should study Religious Studies?

By opting for this course you will be embarking on an enquiring, critical and empathetic approach to the study of religion. 

The Course

AS Religious Studies 

Module 1: Religion and Ethics

This module involves a study of:

  • The general principles of ethical theories
  • A range of contemporary moral issues including medical and environmental ethics

Module 2: Philosophy of Religion

This module involves a study of:

  • The different philosophies regarding the existence of God and the questions surrounding the religious experience
  • The psychology of religion, and the presence of atheism in society

A2 Religious Studies 

Module 1: Religion and Ethics

This module builds on what has previously been studied in more depth.

Module 2: Religion and Contemporary Society

This module involves a study of:

  • Changing patterns of religious practice in the U.K.
  • Expressions of religion within society
  • Issues of identity and belonging

Assessment

This course has no coursework element and each module is worth 25% of the total A-level and is assessed through a formal examination.

Where it leads

This course will make a positive foundation for any further study or profession that involves people! This will include those pursuing a career in law, medicine, social work and teaching.