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Religious Studies


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Exam Board: AQA

Why study Religious Studies?
There has arguably never been a more important time to understand and empathise with those of different faiths than in the modern world. Students who choose this course will have a unique opportunity to consider and empathise with the worldview of over two billion people. They will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for further study.

What does the course involve?
The course is divided into two sections.

The Study of Christianity and Sikhism: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices
This element of the course considers what it means to be a Christian or Sikh by investigating the beliefs, teachings and practices of both religions.

Thematic Studies
Students investigate religious, philosophical and ethical issues including the existence of God, issues of life and death including abortion and euthanasia, exploration of perspectives on the afterlife and crime and punishment.

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?
The course awards 50% of the marks available for demonstrating an ability to evaluate, reason, argue and assert a point of view. It requires students to demonstrate a detailed understanding of both different faiths, but also divergent views within faith groups on complex and controversial issues. These skills  of empathy, evaluation, analysis and argument are useful across a wide range of A Levels, degree programmes, and careers. 

How will I be assessed?
Each section of the course is assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute exam. Each exam is worth 50% of the final grade.

Who do I need to contact?
For more information, please email Mr Pike -