Religious Studies A level
Exam Board - EDUQAS
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 – 33.33% of qualification
This component offers the choice of the study of one religion from a choice of six:
- Option A: Christianity, Option B: Islam, Option C: Judaism, Option D: Buddhism, Option E: Hinduism or Option F: Sikhism.
- 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 – 33.33% 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 – 33.33% 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.
This course allows students to gain a qualification that is highly valued in many top universities. Students who study this subject can expect to gain many transferable skills, which will help them to access a wide range of different university courses. Many students can carry on their studies in complementary subjects such as Religious Studies, Sociology, Law, Philosophy or Theology at degree level.
This course opens up many career opportunities in a wide range of disciplines. Many students go on to careers in law or legal services, journalism, education, religious organisations and politics.
What are the entrance requirements?
Grade 6 in GCSE Religious Studies.
Who do I need to see for more information?
Mr B Woracker, Head of Humanities