A level Religious Studies

What does the course aim to do?

To provide students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Christianity, and explore philosophy of religion and religion and ethics.

What will I be studying how will I be assessed?

Philosophy of religion

120 Marks, 2 hours written paper. 33.3% of total A level

Learners will study:

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • ideas about the nature of God
  • issues in religious language

Religion and ethics

120 marks, 2 hours written paper, 33.3% of total A level

Learners will study:

  • normative ethical theories
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • ethical language and thought
  • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

 

Developments in religious thought

120 marks, 2 hours written paper, 33.3% of total A Level

Learners will study:

  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • practices which shape and express religious
  • identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society in the context of Christianity

Am I suited to this subject?

You will need to have:

  • A genuine interest in religious discussion about the nature of God and religious faith.
  • A genuine interest in social and ethical issues and the quest to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Confidence with written language and a willingness to engage in open discussion.
  • An enquiring and critical mind capable of grappling with matters of deep consequence.
  • Self-discipline and personal motivation to read and study independently.

 

Where will it lead in the future?

RS at A level is a popular subject. It can lead to study at degree level in Theology, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Biblical Studies.

It is of value to anyone considering a vocation in the medical and other caring professions, public services, law and education.

RS is an A level which often complements other A level combinations and enhances any application for further study.

How will I study?

You will study by engaging in:

  • Lectures and conferences.
  • Discussion.
  • Reading and note-taking.
  • Essay writing.

What will I need to do myself?

You will need to:

  • Review notes from lessons.
  • Read extensively.
  • Prepare materials for essays.
  • Write essays at home and in lessons.
  • Pay attention to religious and ethical issues that are discussed in the media.

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study Religious Studies?

The RS department at Canon Slade School has an established reputation for helping students to achieve A level grades higher than those predicted.

The highly qualified teaching staff are experienced in preparing students for undergraduate courses in Theology, Philosophy and related subjects at Britain’s top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

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