Religious Studies - A Level

Further Details
Course Code
LA00041
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time, The AS qualification is taught in the first year of study.The A2 qualification is taught in the second year of study.
Department
A Levels
Start Date
05 Sep 2022
End Date
23 Jun 2023

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Course Overview
The course aims to develop understanding and knowledge of Philosophy of Religion, Religious beliefs and teaching from Christianity and Religion and Ethic. The course aims to develop academic and communication skills that are useful for university study and the wider job market.

AS (40%)
Unit 1 - An introduction to Christianity: study of religious figures and sacred texts, religious concepts, religious life and religious practices

Unit 2 -
Section A - An introduction to Philosophy of Religion: study of arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and religious experience.
Section B - Religion and Ethics: a study of ethical thought and theories applied to issues such as abortion, animal experimentation and homosexual relationships, among other issues.

A2 (60%)
Unit 3 - The study of Christianity: further study of religious figures and sacred texts, study of significant historical development in religious thought and significant social development in religious thought and practices and shape religious identity.

Unit 4 - Religion and Ethics: A study of ethical language and thought, exploration of the development of theories such as Proportionalism and contemporary developments in ethical theory, debates around freewill vs determinism.

Unit 5 - Philosophy of Religion: A study of the challenges to religious belief - such as New Atheism and Psychology developments to explain religion, further development of religious experience and exploration of the problems with religious language.
Internal assessment includes research, regular tests/quizzes and exam based questions, with mock exams being a key feature.

External assessment is exam based (no coursework), with AS exams in May of the first year, and A2 exams in June of the second year. The exams use formal structured essays requiring knowledge and analysis of the material covered.

*Students MUST achieve at least an E grade at AS level in order to progress to A2 level.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above

Should an A level applicant have or be predicted a grade D/3 in either GCSE Maths or English (and at least a grade C/4 in the other subject) then your application will be considered.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course.
Religious Studies equips students with the skills to research, evaluate, structure and present information and ideas. Essay writing skills are developed with a strong emphasis on analysis and critical thinking. Students will also engage in discussion and debate and develop their communication skills.

These are skills common to many university degrees and students have gone on to study a range of subjects at degree level as the skills developed are coupled with the broad nature of the subject which covers knowledge across philosophy, ethics, history, culture and religion. The skills and broad knowledge also prepare students for a range of careers in society such as Law, Education, NGO and Government posts.
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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