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Religious Studies

Aims

The A Level course helps to develop the skills of analysis, logical presentation of argument and critical thinking, whilst allowing you to gain knowledge which may help you to make sense of the world and the competing demands of life in the 21st century.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

There are three elements to the course, Philosophy of Religion, Religion & Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought. Philosophy of Religion considers the question of God’s existence, the nature of the self, the challenge of evil and suffering, to belief in God and the age-old question of what, if anything, happens when we die. Ethics involves asking questions about right and wrong, and whether it is possible, or even desirable, to develop a system for telling us how we ought to behave in every situation. You will learn about ethical decision making in the real world by focusing on euthanasia, business ethics and issues concerning sex and sexuality in the Twenty-first Century. Developments in Christian Thought focuses on key areas of Christian theology which have shaped Western Philosophy and culture over the past two thousand years and investigates reasons why religion seems to be in decline in the modern world. You will also study some of the ways in which Christianity has responded to the changing roles of men and women, and the way in which feminist theology has challenged traditional male-dominated religious world views. Due to the nature of the subject matter and the skills you will develop, RS A Level complements both the Sciences and the Humanities and is an excellent preparation for any degree course or career which values a questioning mind, academic rigour, critical analysis and the ability to construct persuasive arguments.

How will I be assessed?

AS Level
One examination for each module

A Level
One examination for each module
There is no coursework.

Desirable requirements

You should enjoy discussing, reading, thinking and expressing your ideas, both orally and in writing, and keeping up to date with current ethical issues.  It is essential that you question, make judgements and formulate your own opinions.  It is not necessary to have studied RS at GCSE.  

How will I study?

Lessons largely consist of discussion but you will also have the opportunity to read, research and practise your writing skills.

Where will it lead?

Wherever you want it to!  Religious Studies is welcomed by the top universities as a valuable academic subject.  The skills developed through RS make it a good foundation for a degree in any subject and the knowledge acquired provides a useful background for many occupations.  Medicine, Law, Psychology, Politics, Journalism, Public Relations, the Police and Business Management, are just some of the careers that students with A Level RS have gone on to follow.

 

“Taking Religious Studies is an extremely enjoyable experience. Every lesson brings about thought-provoking discussions and debates about a diverse range of controversial topics. We are regularly challenged to question everything we believe we know and luckily, are able to do so in a relaxed and supportive environment. I would thoroughly recommend Religious Studies to anyone who wants to understand Philosophy & Ethics and who enjoys having their preconceptions challenged.”