Religious Studies A Level
What will I learn?
A Level Religious Studies is a two-year course with all exams taken at the end of the two years.
Component 1: World Religion – Islam
- origins and development of Islam
- nature and authority of the Qur’an
- 5 pillars of Islam
- concepts of Sharia Law and Jihad
- beliefs about prophets, judgement and heaven and hell
- Islam and the modern world
Component 2: Philosophy of Religion
- different arguments to explain the existence of God
- is it good to fear God?
- the problem of evil and suffering
- religion as ‘all in the mind’
- religion and mystical experience
Component 3 Religion and Ethics
- does moral law exist?
- what is virtue?
- what is goodness?
- does the ‘right thing’ depend on the situation?
- how does morality relate to homosexuality, capital punishment and animal experimentation?
GCSE English at grade 5 or above
GCSE (old) Points Average above 5.2
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
Component 1 2-hour written exam. A Level weighting 33%
Component 2 2-hour written exam. A Level weighting 33%
Component 3 2-hour written exam. A Level weighting 33%
Additional Learning Opportunities
You could join the Debating, Law or Sociology Societies.
Who is this course aimed at?
Religious Studies is attractive to students who:
- are interested in a wide range of religious ideas
- consider what is ethical behaviour
- are interested in the academic study of a world religion
- are interested in challenging philosophical ideas
Many students go on to a wide range of Higher Education courses in subjects including law, education, sociology, anthropology and religion and employment opportunities linked to religious studies include counselling, social work and jobs within charities and local government.
- A Level
- Religious Studies
- 2 Years