Course Details

Religious Studies remains an important and relevant discipline in the modern world. A very significant proportion of people live their lives according to faith, spiritual practice and religious truth. Religious Studies combines philosophical reasoning concerning the divine with practical ethics concerning happiness and the living of a good life. In addition Religious Studies explores the nature of truth through faith by reflecting on the core beliefs of a relevant world religion. In this way Religious Studies is the study of life, faith, truth and happiness. Religious Studies is a well-respected academic subject through which you will encounter the ideas of some of the most important thinkers of our cultural history, from Plato and Aristotle to Descartes and Kant. You will develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, philosophical reasoning, alongside the ability to construct and analyse sound arguments. Religious Studies will sit well with any A Level programme, perhaps complementing Humanities and Arts subjects particularly.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to have 5 GCSEs 9/A* - 4/C including English Language and Maths. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project, prior to enrolment, to prepare you for A Level Religious Studies.

Career options

Related degrees which students can go on to study include Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Teaching, Theology, Philosophy, Youth Work and Ethics. Religious Studies remains an important specialist discipline for those interested in primary or secondary teaching.

A Level Religious Studies

Five highlights

  • 1 Engage with the ethical challenges of modern life.
  • 2 Gain a deeper insight into questions concerning life, happiness and God.
  • 3 Study at an Outstanding College.
  • 4 Study at an Outstanding College.
  • 5 Study the core beliefs underpinning a world religion in depth.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 07.09.2020
  • WJEC A level in Religious Studies

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LFS058CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 07.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

You will study three themes: Religion and Ethics, Introduction to Christianity and the Philosophy of Religion. Religion and Ethics focusses on ethical philosophy examining questions concerning what it means to be good, and how people ought to behave in response to situations and each other. The Introduction to Christianity theme looks in detail at Christian belief concerning God and Jesus, looking at ideas such as resurrection, incarnation and the trinity. The Philosophy of Religion explores arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and the experience of the divine through prayer, visions or miracles.

How will I be taught?

Learning is a combination of teacher-led discussion, activity based student participation and small and large group sharing of ideas and concepts. You will be encouraged to ask questions and explore your own interests within the subject. A Level Religious Studies uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and group activities.

How will I be assessed?

This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. There are three exams on: Religion and Ethics, Introduction to Christianity and the Philosophy of Religion. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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