LEVEL: A level - Linear
EXAM BOARD: Pearson Edexcel
WHY CHOOSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Fascinating and enlightening, A level Religious Studies can be an excellent subject choice. Not only will you develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of world religions, philosophy and ethics but you will also gain many valuable transferable skills along the way. The A level syllabus combines the in-depth study of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics with the study of a major world religion and the development of thought within it.
In the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics section, areas of study include the application of ethical theories to contemporary issues. The philosophical element looks at a variety of fascinating topics, including the nature of the mind, body and soul, arguments for and against the existence of God, and the problem of evil.
Students study Christianity alongside one major world religion. The topics of study within these religions will vary, but examples of areas you can expect to cover include the religion’s teachings and interpretations of wisdom and authority, the self, death and the afterlife, gender and sexuality and expressions of religious identity.
AIMS OF THE COURSE
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion:
Philosophical issues. • Nature and influence of religious experience. • Problems of evil and suffering. • Philosophical language. • Works of scholars. • Influences of developments.
Paper 2: Religion and Ethics:.
Significant concepts in issues and debates • Study of three ethical theories; • Application of ethical theories. • Ethical language. • Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars. • Medical ethics.
Paper 3: Study of ONE Religion:
Religious beliefs, values and teachings. • Sources of wisdom and authority. • Practices that shape and express religious identity. • Social and historical developments. • Works of scholars. • Religion and society
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Across the two years you will study three papers which will be assessed at the end of Year 13 via external exams. Each paper is 2 hours in length.
WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
A level Religious Studies can provide you with excellent transferable skills, from essay writing, developing confidence in debating, to developing the ability to appreciate other viewpoints. These skills can be incredibly helpful in a range of University degrees involving critical thinking and discussion e.g. Humanities, English, Psychology, PPE. Religious Studies can lead to a range of challenging and rewarding jobs, using either direct knowledge gained from the subject or from the skills gained. Possible jobs from a Religious Studies degree include: Lecturing, teaching, advice worker, archivist, work within 'third sector' organisations, counselling, community development worker, and police officer or youth worker.