What is Religious Studies A level and why study it?
The study of Religious studies allows students to explore big questions about life, people and society. Students are required to think deeply in order to understand theories on many different aspects of life. Students will be required to explore varied opinions on controversial issues such as medical ethics, the meaning of life, death and creation. Students will debate religious and non-religious ideas on human behaviour, morals and decisions. This course will help students to embrace and understand their own philosophical and ethical viewpoints.
The following components will be studied through the Eduqas examination board:
Component 1: A Study of Religion - Written examination: 2 hours - 33⅓% of qualification
This component offers the choice of the study of one religion (Christianity)
There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.
Component 2: Philosophy of Religion - Written examination: 2 hours - 33⅓% of qualification
There will be four themes within this component: Arguments for the existence of God, Challenges to religious belief, Religious experience and Religious language.
Component 3: Religion and Ethics -Written examination: 2 hours - 33⅓% of qualification
There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought, deontological Ethics, teleological ethics and determinism and free will.
The course is structured to give students a comprehensive grounding in philosophical and religious discourse and allows every student the chance to ignite their passion for theology, reason and debate through the study of scriptures, viewpoints and traditions. Students study the theories of leading philosophers and analyse a variety of scriptures and sources of wisdom in a bid to lead on religious and non-religious discourse within the subject.
How can I prepare for the course?
It is essential that you complete the pre-course summer learning pack.
The following books will ensure you are well prepared to start your studies of philosophy, ethics and religion in religious studies:
- WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for A Level Year 1 & AS - Philosophy of Religion and Religion and Ethics. Richard Gray, Karl Lawson - 24 Oct 2016
- WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for A Level Year 1 & AS - Christianity Paperback by Gwynn Gwilym – 24 Oct 2016
- NIV Holy Bible (Hodder Classics) (New International Version) Paperback – 16 Jul 2015
The following are excellent websites to explore and expand your current understanding of religious studies: