Religious Studies A Level -

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

EDEXCEL 9RS0

WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

Religious Studies provides an excellent opportunity to explore a range of Philosophical and Ethical questions. It helps to develop an enquiring and critical mind-set as well as the ability to analyse a range of issues. Students of this subject have a range of opportunities to explore their own viewpoint on a range of thought-provoking questions, as well as developing an appreciation for other opinions. The skills developed are highly valued by both employers and providers of further education.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Philosophy of Religion

·         Philosophical issues and questions;

·         The nature and influence of religious experience;

·         Problems of evil and suffering;

·         Philosophical language;

·         Works of scholars;

·         Influences of developments in religious belief

 

Religious Ethics

·         Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics;

·         A study of three ethical theories;

·         Application of ethical theories to issues of importance;

·         Ethical language;

·         Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars;

·         Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.

 

New Testament Studies

·         Social, historical and religious context;

·         Texts and interpretation of the Person of Jesus;

·         Issues of relationship, purpose and authorship;

·         Ways of interpreting sources;

·         The Kingdom of God, conflict, the death and resurrection of Jesus;

·         Scientific and historical-critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Religious Studies is regarded as an academic or facilitating A Level when considering university and career choices.  As a subject which helps you develop knowledge of how to think, not what to think, it is highly valued beyond Sixth Form. Universities value this subject for the enquiring and critical approach it develops. Beyond this, career opportunities are not limited to particular areas. Students end up working with almost every type of employer in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

CURRENT STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES

“Religious Studies has challenged us to open our minds to a variety of aspects and opinions and helped us to develop skills including essay writing and analytical thinking.”

- Year 13 students

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to gain a B grade or above in RE at GCSE and a grade 4 or higher in English and mathematics GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mr M Robin mro@sandon.essex.sch.uk