Religious Studies

This course helps you to explore Philosophical, Ethical and Religious understanding of the world we live in. The aims are to:

  • develop interest in a rigorous study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion and belief and relate it to the wider world
  • develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • develop an understanding and appreciation of Philosophical, Ethical and Religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • reflect on and develop students values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.

 

The Course Structure

The Eduqas specification covers 3 components throughout Year 12 and 13:

 1) Religion (33.3%) Judaism: Religious beliefs, values and teachings; sources of wisdom and authority; practices that shape religious identity; religion and society. There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

2) Philosophy (33.3%) Philosophical issues and questions; the nature and influence of religious experience; problems of evil and suffering; philosophical language; work of scholars.

There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language.

3) Ethics (33.3%) Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; a study of ethical theories; Medical ethics; ethical language; work of scholars.

There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

Method of Assessment

Exams in June of Year 13. All essay based. There are three 2 hour exams in total – 1 for each of the above components.

Additional Information

Students will visit a Jewish Place of worship and have guest speakers to raise their awareness of the impact of faith on a modern believer. The study of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion will equip students with the ability to read and argue critically, develop their communication skills and also give them a much clearer understanding of the world today.

These skills are transferable and desirable in a host of careers and Higher Education. It is desirable in the fields of Teaching (both primary and secondary), Law and careers that involve working with members of the public.

 

Potential Careers

  • Lawyer
  • Primary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Working with members of the public

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Religious Studies A Level 6+ RE (if taken) and 6+ English Language