Exam Board Specification: AQA
How the course is assessed
2x 3 hour exams
Description of course
Ever since humankind started to think, religion has been a fundamental part of our development. As people look into the vastness of space or witness the miracle of birth, they contemplate the meaning of life and their own mortality. It has always been this way. In the 21st century, religion still addresses the same eternal human questions about life and death, values and relationships, right and wrong.
Religious Studies is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any religion... and people who do not follow any religion. It is not necessary to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the AS/A Level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. All that is required is a desire to find out more about religion and its role in society.
|Section A: Philosophy of religion
||Section B: Ethical theories.
|Section A: Study of Christianity
|Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion.
Higher education, future careers and progression routes
The skills that you will learn in Religious Studies will be useful to you in any number of careers; teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service or government to name a few. If you’re thinking of a career in law or medicine then a Religious Studies A Level is looked upon favourably for undergraduate courses too.
Religious Studies is one of the fastest growing subjects. This is partly because it is compatible with, and has a similar skills base to, subjects such as English, History, Sociology, Philosophy and Government and Politics. It is also a good partner course for not only the subjects mentioned, but also for Archaeology, Classical Civilisation and History of Art.
2016 Examination success rates:
100% pass rate
Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 4 or higher in Maths (point score of 44.5 or higher).
To study A Level Religious Studies you are also required to have a GCSE grade B or equivalent in Religious Studies or a grade 5 in English Language if no GCSE.
“In "Sophie's World" you will find an interesting novel, intertwined almost seamlessly with the History of Philosophy. This former philosophy teacher, born in 1952 in Oslo (Norway), reached success with this book, which has managed to attract even those not commonly interested in Philosophy and also, somehow, to become part of the bibliography of many philosophy courses. The plot of the book is rather simple. It centres on Sophie Amundsen, a fourteen year old girl approaching her fifteenth birthday, who one day begins to receive letters from someone she doesn't know. In those letters, her unknown correspondent begins to tell her about the History of Philosophy, the subject he studies. Sophie's goes on receiving those letters throughout the novel, and they become an essential part of the plot, which is a mystery with unexpected turnarounds.”
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