Religious Studies A Level
About the course
Does God exist? Do we have souls? Is there an afterlife? Is it acceptable to help someone to die if it ends their pain? This course examines these ideas and other religious, philosophical, ethical issues and debates as well as asking what the great philosophers and religious thinkers had to say about them. It will also give the opportunity of exploring the main teachings of the world religion of Buddhism.
• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language
• At least one grade 5/C and one grade 6/B in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (full course)
• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
There are three main areas of study: Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.
Buddhism is unusual for being the only major religion that does not revolve around a belief in God. You will study the main teachings and practices of Buddhism and ask questions like: What happens to a Buddhist when they die? How does meditation lead to enlightenment? Why don’t Buddhists believe in a soul?
In Philosophy of Religion you will explore different arguments for the existence of God and examine the challenge to religious belief from the problem of evil. Other topics studied include the issues with religious experience and whether the soul is something spiritual and separate to the body or just thoughts within the brain.
In Ethics you will explore what it means to say that an action is right or wrong or that a person is good or bad. You will consider the role that conscience can play in our decision-making. The study of Ethics will also involve examining ethical dilemmas that surround issues of life and death.
Assessment is through three written exams at the end of the second year of the course. There is no coursework.
This course provides a good grounding in academic skills and is thus a useful partner to most other subjects studied at A Level. It pairs well with courses such as Politics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and History. The analytical and evaluative skills that are developed through writing will be very useful for other humanities, social sciences and business related degrees. Within the workplace, employers value the verbal and written communication skills that are developed on this course.
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Subjects: A Levels in Business Studies, Religious Studies and History
Destination: Queen Mary University to study Law
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