A-Level Religious Studies

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6061
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

Would you like to know more about the one subject that unites but also divides humans the world over? Religious belief is not necessary to study, or to enjoy this course. A-Level Religious Studies offers the opportunity to adopt an enquiring, critical, reflexive and objective approach to a subject of which knowledge is becoming increasingly important in today’s multicultural society. It provides knowledge which will not only be useful in many careers but also for life in general. Students are encouraged to develop their own values, opinions and beliefs on the religions studied in light of their learning.

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study three modules. These will be: Philosophy, Ethics and Islam. In Philosophy you will be looking at arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil in the world. Ethics will introduce you to a wide variety of approaches to defining morality i.e. through the act itself or by focusing on the end goal. The final module of Islam involves study of how Islam came about, expressions of religious identity and the Muslim belief in life after death.

During the second year, students will continue to study the same three modules and will be introduced to wider philosophical issues such as: psychological approaches to religion as a product of the human mind and the nature of near death experiences as proofs for religious belief. Ethical issues such as: morality and religion, the acceptability of animal experimentation and polyamorous relationships. Finally, in further Islam you will be studying topics such as: Sharia law, including crime and punishment, the role of the family and the extent of diversity in Islamic belief.

Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Religious Studies you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs).

How will I be assessed?

In Religious Studies assessment is entirely exam based and there is no coursework. Students will sit three different exams in each of the three areas of study: Philosophy, Ethics and Islam.

What can I do next?

Choosing religious studies will not restrict your career opportunities and it may even present you with the opportunity to study abroad or visit holy sites. Theology students go on to work in a wide variety of careers having gained many transferable skills that can be used in many professions; skills such as analysis of information, undertaking independent research, writing and presenting arguments. A large proportion of students do takes on roles such as researchers or teachers but the skills gained are required in other professions such as law or counselling.

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  • an A-Level qualification
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Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
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As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
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