Why consider this subject?

Develops to understanding and appreciation- this qualification encourages you to develop an appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies. The qualification does this through an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.

Helps develop a holistic understanding of religion- the specification facilitates enquiry into, and develops insightful evaluations of, ultimate questions about the purposes and commitments of human life, especially as expressed in philosophy, ethics and religion. The qualification encourages you to make connections so that in each field of study they understand the influences over time of developments in religious beliefs and practices, the philosophy of religion, religious ethics and/or textual interpretation.

Develops transferable skills for progression to higher education- you will use ideas from a range of approaches to the study of religions and beliefs in order to research and present a wide range of well-informed and reasonable arguments, which engage profoundly with moral, religious and spiritual issues. This will enable you to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.

What will I study?

There are 3 units that will be studied in both the AS and A-level course. These are:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Study of Religion

Unit 1-Philosophy of Religion

This unit involves the study of issues such as:
Design Argument, Cosmological Argument, Ontological Argument, Religious Experience, The problem of evil and suffering, Influential Philosophers such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud.

Unit 2-Religion and Ethics

This unit involves the study of issues such as:
Environmental ethics, Equality Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Natural Law, War and Peace, Deontology, Virtue ethics, medical ethics.

Unit 3-Study of Religion

This unit involves the study of:
Developing an understanding of Christianity through concepts such as; God as a creator, The Trinity, Understanding The Bible, The person of Jesus, the deabate between science and religion, pluralism, secularism and diversity, Equality and diversity in The Church.

How will you be assessed?

All units are assessed through external examinations and questions are in the form of extended writing questions, requiring the ability to write structured essays.

As a result of this it is recommended that students have at least a grade 6 in English.