A Level – Religious Studies


The course will offer you an in depth study of Philosophy and Ethics.  There will be an opportunity to develop what you have already learned about in your GSCE RS studies, and the opportunity to investigate new and more complex philosophical and ethical problems.

An A Level in Religious Studies requires you to develop many important transferable skills such as essay writing and critical analysis, offering you a strong foundation with which to continue your education at university.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    The course will offer you an in depth study of Philosophy and Ethics.  There will be an opportunity to develop what you have already learned about in your GSCE RS studies, and the opportunity to investigate new and more complex philosophical and ethical problems. An A Level in Religious Studies requires you to develop many important transferable skills such as essay writing and critical analysis, offering you a strong foundation with which to continue your education at university.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    OCR

    A Level Religious Studies

    Over the two years at Wyke you will study three components/units:  Philosophy Religious Ethics and Christian Theology. Each unit will be examined at the end of your second year.

    There will be an internal exam at the end of your first year which you will need to pass in order to progress to the second year. The three components are studied across both years, with the elements in your second year building on your first year.

    Year One

    Philosophy 1

    • Plato and Aristotle
    • Arguments for the existence of God
    • The Problem of Evil

     Ethics 1

    Ethical theory

    • Utilitarianism
    • Situation Ethics
    • Natural Law
    • Kantian ethics

    Applied ethics

    • Euthanasia
    • Business ethics

    Ethical Language and Thought

    Christian Theology 1

    Insight

    • Beliefs about Human Nature
    • Beliefs about Death and the Afterlife

    Foundations

    • Knowledge of God’s existence
    • The Person of Jesus Christ

    Living

    • Christian moral principles
    • Christian moral action

    Year Two

    Philosophy 2

    • Body and Soul
    • Ideas about the nature of God
    • Religious experience
    • Religious language

     Ethics 2

    • Conscience
    • Sexual ethics

    Christian Theology 2

    Challenges

    • Religious Pluralism
    • The Challenge of Secularism

    Developments in Christian thought

    • Feminist Theology
    • Liberation Theology

    The Religious Studies department at Wyke Sixth Form College:

    • Claire Bhana

    Claire teaches the both Year One and Year Two of the Religious Studies course.

  • Progression:

    Religious Studies provides many occasions for personal and intellectual growth; you will also gain cultural literacy and you will be asked to interpret and express your position on controversial and hotly debated issues. Religious Studies will offer you a strong skill-set to take to university, including critical thinking, analysis and independent study skills suitable for English, History, Philosophy or Theology degree courses. Religious Studies is excellent preparation for any university degree within Arts and Humanities, and even for vocational degrees such as Medicine, which require you to have an understanding of ethics and which will include modules about Medical Ethics as preparation for work.

    For those considering taking Religious Studies forward to degree level, a Bachelor’s degree in subjects such as Theology, Comparative Religion or Philosophy imposes no limitations and lends its own particular strengths to a number of different career choices.

    Graduate in these areas have gone on to professional training in:

    • Business (particularly international business)
    • Counselling and Social Work
    • Education
    • Journalism
    • Law
    • Medicine

    Others have moved directly into the job market, taking up positions in:

    • Event planning, hospitality, or the service industry
    • The government, foreign service, or the diplomatic service
    • Marketing and management
    • Museums and the arts
    • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations
    • Publishing

    In today’s multicultural society, basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is crucial and success in your chosen career will depend on making connections with people, many of whom will not have the same socio-economic or religious background to you, and therefore a knowledge and understanding of religion will help you in whatever your chosen career may be.

    Religious Studies is about people as much as it about God and morality. Many careers involve the ability to relate to others and incorporate many perspectives at once; knowledge and understanding of religion provides an excellent foundation for these sorts of careers.