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 transferable 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.
A Level (2 Year)
Philosophy of religion
• ancient philosophical influences: Plato
• the nature of the soul, mind and body
• arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
• the nature and impact of religious experience
• the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
• ideas about the nature of God
• issues in religious language.
Religion and ethics
• normative ethical theories
• the application of ethical theory to Euthanasia and Business Ethics
• ethical language and thought
• debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
• sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
Developments in Christian thought
• religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
• sources of religious wisdom and authority
• practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
• significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
• key themes related to the relationship between religion and society
Head of Department
Mr DCC Mochan BA (Hons) PGCE MA FRSA