Religious Studies

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  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE Religious Studies grade 9-6. If RS not previously studied, English grade 9-6.

Religious Studies, at A-level, is all about exploring scholarly and philosophical debates surrounding the Philosophy of Religion, the New Testament and the Christian faith. In AS Philosophy of Religion, students study the attempts that have been made to prove the existence of God and to reconcile His existence with the existence of evil and suffering. An in-depth study of the Fourth Gospel is undertaken in which students question its relevance and significance for the reader. An investigation into the New Testament’s perspective on life after death is also conducted. At A2, the course also introduces you to developments & expansions within Christianity and offers you an opportunity to present a critical appraisal of a scholarly text pertaining to the New Testament.

You will benefit from the following resources and facilities:

  • experienced,specialist teachers.
  • textbooks, notes, online resources.

Teaching and learning comprises a mix of discussion, preparation of presentations, research, debate, note-taking, and problem-solving.

Religious Studies demands hard work and is regarded as an academic discipline. An active and enquiring mind is important, as well as the willingness to debate and discuss controversial issues that arise. Essays and online discussions will be set on a regular basis.

The course provides an excellent platform for progression to further study in Theology, which is highly regarded by universities as an academic subject, encompassing many fields, including Philosophy, Ethics, Old Testament/New Testament Studies, World Religions, Church History and Liberation Theology. The critical skills acquired during A-level Religious Studies provide an excellent foundation for entry into social work, journalism and business/managerial courses.