Why study Religious Studies?
Religion is a primary influence on the social, political and philosophical elements of the world. Whether you are a believer or not, religion in play a role in your life.
Religious Studies aims to explore the ways in which ethical, theological and philosophical insights have influenced the development of society. As such, it is an academic course which requires no level of personal belief to access it. The course will provide pupils with the opportunity to develop a range of transferrable skills such as the ability to collect, synthesise and interpret information from a range of source material. Those taking the course will work with primary texts and be expected to communicate the findings of their research effectively.
Pupils do not need to have studied Religious Studies at GCSE to do this course but a willingness to work independently and write in clear and concise English are essential. Religious Studies can dovetail well with many other subjects including Maths, Science as well as with the more traditional Humanities courses. Religious Studies A Level is considered to be a valuable such for a variety of university courses and careers including Law, Social Work, Business Research and Education.
What will I learn?
Religious Studies involves investigation into the important questions which affect our beliefs and the way in which we live. It is a rigorous academic discipline which requires an open mind, an interest in current affairs and an inquiring nature.
Dominic Mochan Head of Religion, Philosophy & Ethics