A Level Religious Studies (Reformed 2016)

What is Religious Studies?

The AS/A level in Religious Studies ensures students have a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints. With a variety of relevant and contemporary themes studied students will find themselves engaged with interesting discussions. Religious Studies will help you develop both academically and personally, by helping you to analyse complex questions and create informed opinions on them.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

If you have an interest in religion in general, or a specific faith, or if you wish to follow a philosophical or ethical approach to religion, then this course will provide you with the opportunity to study those areas of interest. Religious Studies complements all subjects at A Level. The course is suitable for students who want to go on to study Law, Philosophy and Theology at university. Its ethical content also makes it an ideal accompaniment to the sciences for those interested in a career in Medicine. It provides an interesting contrast with subjects such as Chemistry and Physics, and shows you to be a student of many skills, making you more desirable to employers and universities.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

There is an emphasis on analysis and acquisition of knowledge in breadth. Students will be expected to read widely and produce regular homework. Weekly timed assignments are set. Trips to places of worship, and philosophy conferences are planned.

AS Specification Number
Edexcel 8RS0

 

There are three components, the Study of Philosophy and Religion, the Study of Ethics, and the Study of One Religion. There are three 1 hour exams.

Topics studied include:

  • What is God?
  • Life after death
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious identity
  • Moral principles

Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion

  • 1 hour written exam out of 54 marks worth 33.3%

Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics

  • 1 hour written exam out of 54 marks worth 33.3%

Paper 3 – Study of a Religion

  • 1 hour written exam out of 54 marks worth 33.3%

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Peter Vardy  The Puzzle of God  Harper Collins (Fount), 1995 
P Cole  Philosophy of Religion  Hodder Stoughton, 2002 
Peter Vardy  The Puzzle of Ethics  Harper Collins (Fount), 1995 

 

A Level

MPW approach to A level study

There is an emphasis on critical evaluation and acquisition of knowledge in depth. Students will be expected to read widely and produce regular homework. Weekly timed assignments are set. Trips to places of worship, and the British Museum are planned.

A Level Specification Number
Edexcel 9RS0

 

There are two components, the Study of Philosophy and Religion and the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Society. This is studied in the context of one religion. There are three 2 hour exams.

Topics studied include:

  • The role of religion
  • The challenge of science to religion
  • Religious Language
  • The nature of religion
  • Free will
  • Meta-ethics
  • Conscience

Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion

  • 1 hour written exam out of 80 marks worth 33.3%

Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics

  • 1 hour written exam out of 80 marks worth 33.3%

Paper 3 – Study of a Religion

  • 1 hour written exam out of 80 marks worth 33.3%

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Brian Davies  An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion  OUP, 1997 
D D Raphael  Moral Philosophy  OUP, 1994 

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