Religious Studies in the Sixth Form
A Level Religious Studies
What is the course about?
A Level Religious Studies (Edexcel) is recognised as an academic subject by all the leading universities. You do not need to have studied Religious Studies or Philosophy at GCSE in order to qualify for this course; all that is required is a genuine interest in this subject and a willingness to work hard.
Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophical issues and questions (Can we prove the existence of God)
- The nature and influence of religious experience (Can we experience God?)
- Problems of evil and suffering (Does evil prove that God isn’t real?)
- Philosophical language (Can we use language to talk about God?)
- Works of scholars (How have different philosophers’ critiqued religion?)
- Influences of developments in religious belief (Is there life after death?)
Unit 2: Religion and Ethics
- Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics (Environmental issues and equality)
- A study of three ethical theories (Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics and Natural Moral Law)
- Application of ethical theories to issues of importance (War and peace, sexual ethics)
- Ethical language (Meta-ethics, the relationship between religion and morality)
- Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars (The work of Kant and Aristotle)
- Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues (Sanctity of life, abortion, euthanasia)
Unit 4B: Study of Religion: Christianity
- Religious beliefs, values and teachings (God, the Church, moral principles)
- Sources of wisdom and authority (the Bible and Jesus)
- Practices that shape and express religious identity (the Eucharist, Nativity, worship and prayer)
- Social and historical developments (the challenge of science and secularisation, new movements in theology)
- Works of scholars (atonement theory, Karl Barth and John Hick
- Religion and society (Pluralism, diversity, equality and gender discrimination)
What sort of work will I be doing?
You will be engaged in a variety of different activities including, discussions, reading, writing essays, research, presentations, and note-taking.
How will I be assessed?
There is no coursework at AS Level or A Level. Students complete timed essays every few weeks which prepare them for three exams (one on Unit 1, one on Unit 2 and one on Unit 4B), each lasting for two hours (= 6 hours of total exams) in the summer of 2022.
What qualifications are needed to take this course?
The minimum requirements to do this are a grade 5 in a Humanities subject as well as meeting the school’s Sixth Form entry requirements.
What extra work can I do?
You can prepare for this subject by making sure that you have a general understanding of the key ethical issues that are being discussed in the media such as abortion and euthanasia.
This department expects pupils to be well motivated and to work to their full potential. This subject enables students to participate in discussions on a range of social, spiritual and philosophical issues. Religious Studies can lead to a university course in a variety of subjects or careers such as teaching, social work, nursing and any profession involving working with people.