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Religious Studies

Introduction

Studying RE means being able to encounter two of the most exciting areas open to human beings. It enables us to ask about the most important parts of being human and pose questions like ‘what is the meaning of life?’, ‘does God exist?’, ‘is there life after death?’ and ‘am I real?’ Both disciplines teach a rigorous approach to seeking out the answers. The department hopes to sow the seeds of critical inquiry through our teaching and encourage students to let no stone go unturned and no assumption go unchallenged in their quest for the right answers.

Component 1:

A Study of Religion Written examination: 2 hours 33⅓% of qualification.

This component offers the choice of the study of one religion from a choice of six: Option A: Christianity Option B: Islam Option C: Judaism Option D: Buddhism Option E: Hinduism Option F: Sikhism

There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Component 2:

Philosophy of Religion Written examination: 2 hours 33⅓% of qualification .

There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Component 3:

Religion and Ethics Written examination: 2 hours 33⅓% of qualification.

There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Eduqas Specification link:

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/religious-studies/as-a-level/

Future Career:

Education, journalism, law, politics, social work, medicine

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Revision guides

WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for AS/A Level – Philosophy

WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for AS/A Level – Ethics

WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for AS/A Level – Christianity

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed entirely through examination in May/June.

All students starting their course in year 12 will be assessed at the end of year 13 and gained a full A’ Level grade.

What independent study will I have to do?

A level students are required to complete 5 hours of private study per week, this is closely monitored with regular folder checks. Students are given support to develop their essay writing skills.

What other courses complement Religious Studies?

Sociology, English Literature, Government and Politics, History.

A Level Results 2021

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 82% A*-C