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A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.
Religious Studies at A Level is an interesting and engaging examination of the ‘big questions’ surrounding the three key areas of Philosophy, Ethics, and Christian Thought. It will encourage you to examine and reflect upon your own thoughts and beliefs about the world - whether you believe in God, are agnostic, or an atheist. Engaging issues will be discussed giving you the opportunity to debate your ideas with those who may hold a different belief, challenging you to reflect and refine your own thoughts. You will develop skills in critical thinking, debating, evaluative essay writing, and learn how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of other people’s arguments.
Philosophy of Religion: The ideas of the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle; Arguments for the existence of God; the Design, Cosmological and Ontological arguments; The Problem of Evil; and Religious Experience.
Ethics: you will learn and explore four different (religious and nonreligious) ethical theories and apply these to different ethical issues. In Year 2 you will examine religious language and the development of ethical thought.
Developments in Christian Thought: If you think you know what Christianity is, then this aspect of the course (whether you are a Christian or an atheist) will make you think again. You will explore Christian beliefs and how they have developed historically. You will examine the Christian influence upon philosophy and ethics and how this influence has come to be challenged. In Year 2 you will examine philosophical and political secularism and whether Christianity has any relevance in today’s modern society.
Three exams at the end of two years, in each exam you need to write three essays based upon the material that you have studied.
Increasingly, universities and employers are recognising the importance of the skills gained studying Religious Studies A Level and their relevance to many degree courses and job roles.
A Level Religious Studies (Media Studies, Politics)
Previous school: Church Stretton School
Religious Studies puts a new perspective on things and it encourages a different way of thinking. It has helped with my communication skills and you develop your own way of learning. I have really enjoyed looking at Meta ethics and ethical theories - you are inspired to create your own point of view. After College I will be going to Southampton Aviation Academy to become a Commercial Pilot.
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