A Level Programme

Religious Studies A Level

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About this course

Religious Studies offers a relevant and engaging study of philosophical and ethical issues alongside secular study of religious beliefs, behaviours, and institutions.

During this course you will have the opportunity to study a range of widely disputed issues. How can God and evil coexist? Do miracles really happen? How can we decide on the most ethical action? What are the key moral principles in Christianity? How does Christianity respond to the challenges of an increasingly secular society?

You will develop a varied and dynamic set of skills, giving you a firm foundation for a future in an ever-changing world that continues to be shaped by religion.

You will learn how to question, argue, debate and develop your view in an open-minded and challenging environment.

What will I learn?

Year 1

  • Evil and suffering
  • Life after death
  • Issues of human and animal life and death

Year 2

  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Religion and science

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.

Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in English, and Grade C/4 in a Humanities subject is preferred

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - related degree such as Religious Studies, Law, Social Policy, Sociology, and History
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Additional Information

Students who take Religious Studies should expect to conduct wider reading and research in order to develop their knowledge and understanding in the subject.

There will also be opportunities for visits and guest speakers.

Religious Studies combines very well with Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, English, Law and History.