Religious Studies

Course Leaflet

Religious Studies offers students an academic insight to Philosophy and Ethics, as well as further advancing their knowledge gained about religion from GCSE. The course contains three components: Philosophy, Ethics and Christianity. Students will enjoy topical debates on contemporary issues of morality, as well as exploring the deep questions people may ask about God and the world we live in. The course builds critical and evaluative skills valued by top universities and employers, and is recognised and accepted by universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. Religious Studies is taught by the Head of Department (Mrs Walker) and an Assistant Head Teacher (Mrs O’Regan), both who have taught A Level Religious Studies for over a decade. 

Course specification:

We follow the AQA Religious Studies specification (7062). A link to the course can be found here:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/as-and-a-level/religious-studies-7062

A more detailed  specification can be found here:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/rs/specifications/AQA-7062-SP-2016.PDF

Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death.

Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

Christianity

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism

Assessment: 

Students will take two external exams at the end of Year 13. One paper will cover Philosophy and Ethics, the other will be on Christianity and Dialogues (questions which draw all 3 components together).

Throughout the two years, students will be assessed by their class teacher at the end of each unit with a timed essay, as well as informal assessments in class.

University and Career progression:

Previous students have gone on to study a range of subjects at universities including Theology at Cambridge, Law at Nottingham and War Studies at Kent. Religious Studies can lead to a variety of careers including:

A Level Results

We have an excellent track record of achievement, based on individual student starting points.

Year A* A B C D E U
2020 (Centre Assessed) 2 3 5 4 1 0 0
2019 0 3 9 5 7 0 0
2018 1 1 3 3 5 2 0

 

After achieving an A grade in RS: Philosophy & Ethics, Bill Murphy has gone on to study Theology at the University of Cambridge. After achieving an A grade in RS: Philosophy & Ethics, Hollie Eustace has gone on to study Philosophy at The University of Sheffield. Tabby Gardener achieved a B grade at the end of A2 and is a member of the Philosophy Society at the University of Liverpool.

 

Students studying RS should:

  • Have an open mind
  • Enjoy a healthy discussion and debate
  • Be prepared to read around the subject
  • Try to see things from different points of view
  • Be able to evaluate the ideas presented by others
  • Have a reasonable level of English and essay writing skills
  • Have an interest in religion, philosophy and contemporary ethical issues

For further information contact Mrs Walker