Religious Studies A Level
|Mode of study
|Academic A Level
|English Bridge Campus
|2 September 2024
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.
What does the course involve?
Religious Studies is an interesting subject that examines the ‘big questions’ surrounding the three key areas of philosophy, ethics and Christian thought, encouraging you to reflect upon your own beliefs about the world – whether you believe in God, are agnostic or atheist. Our dedicated teaching staff will guide and support you through the course to ensure you meet full your potential.
Engaging issues will be discussed giving you the opportunity to debate your ideas with those who may hold a different belief, challenging you to reflect and refine your own thoughts. You will develop skills in critical thinking, debating, evaluative essay writing and will learn how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of other people’s arguments.
Philosophy of Religion: The ideas of the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle; arguments for the existence of God; the design, cosmological and ontological arguments; the problem of evil and religious experience.
Ethics: you will learn and explore four different (religious and non-religious) ethical theories and apply these to different issues. You will examine religious language and the development of ethical thought.
Developments in Christian Thought: If you think you know what Christianity is, then this aspect of the course (whether you are a Christian or not) will make you think again. You will explore Christian beliefs and how they have developed historically. You will examine the Christian influence upon philosophy and ethics and how this influence has come to be challenged. You will examine philosophical and political secularism and whether Christianity has any relevance in today’s modern society.
How is the course assessed?
Three exams at the end of two years, in each exam you need to write three essays based upon the material that you have studied.
Increasingly, universities and employers are recognising the importance of the skills gained studying Religious Studies A Level and their relevance to many degrees in courses and job roles. Many of our students have progressed onto degrees in philosophy and religious studies, as well as a vast array of other degree courses.
Beyond the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to become involved in debating. As well as our debating society, there are also opportunities to join the Model United Nations.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Level Religious Studies (Biology, Psychology)
Previous school: Idsall School
Shrewsbury Colleges Group looked good and offered interesting subjects, like Religious Studies. I have really enjoyed learning about the old philosophers like Aristotle. I am considering studying theology at university after College and everything I’ve learnt this year in Religious Studies will help.