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Higher Line Religious Studies is a challenging but fascinating subject that explores some of the fundamental concerns of humankind – whether there are there absolute rights and wrongs; whether language about God is meaningful; and, indeed, the nature of God and existence. Both sit well with other subjects – Medicine (medical and bio-ethics); History, English and Politics; Mathematics (infinity, logic and reason, order and chaos) and Psychology. Within Further Education, Philosophy and Theology are highly regarded due to the range of skills you learn, including analysis, evaluation, essay writing, debating, presenting, hypothesising and criticising.
AS / A2 Religious Studies
A subject for the thinker, the arguer, the person with an analytic and logical mind or who, at least, wishes to be trained to have an analytic and logical mind. The subject requires an open mind, an eagerness to enter into debate with others, the ability to write coherent, structured essays and an enjoyment of reading. Topics studied will range from the Ancient Greeks (Plato and Aristotle) to modern philosophical arguments for the existence of God; from the use of ethical language to the application of ethical theory to questions on abortion and embryo research.
The Specification followed at A-Level is WJEC Eduqas Religious Studies. Link to WJEC website.
At AS three components are studied.
Component 1: An Introduction to the Study of Religion. This includes: Religious figures, Sacred texts, Religious concepts, Religious life and Religious practices. This is assessed through a 1 hour and 30 minute examination worth 33.33% of the total AS-Level.
Component 2: An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion. This includes: Inductive/Deductive arguments for the existence of God, Challenges to Religious belief, The problem of evil and suffering and Religious experience. This is assessed through a 1 hour and 30 minute examination worth 33.33% of the total AS-Level.
Component 3: An Introduction to Religion and Ethics. This includes: Ethical Language, Aquinas’ Natural Law, Fletcher’s Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism. This is assessed though a 1 hour and 30 minute examination worth 33.33% of the total AS-Level.
At A2 three components are studied.
Component 1: A Study of Religion. This includes: Religious figures and sacred texts, Religious concepts and religious life, Significant social and historical developments in religious thought, religious practices and Religious identity. This is assessed through a 2 hour examination and is worth 33.33% of the total A-Level.
Component 2: Philosophy of Religion. This includes: Arguments for the existence of God, Challenges to Religious belief, Religious experience and Religious language. This is assessed through a 2 hour examination and is worth 33.33% of the total A-Level.
Component 3: Religion and Ethics. This includes: Ethical thought, Deontological ethics, Teleological ethics, Determinism and Free will. This is assessed through a 2 hour examination and is worth 33.33% of the total A-Level.
The Philosophy option can be studied at SL or HL as a Group 3 option. Philosophy is at the heart of every subject exploring the fundamental questions about existence and meaning, that people have asked since the beginning of time, as well as confronting new problems arising within contemporary society. Themes studied include: What is a Human Being?; The Philosophy or Religion; and Problems of Ethics. Another element of the course is the requirement for students to study a philosopher in that philosopher’s own words, developing their ability to present a philosophical argument by testing their position against the standpoint of the author. Higher level students will also be assessed on their analysis and evaluation of an unseen text.
Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more details.