Religious Studies

Each year a small group of committed, motivated and interested students opt for Religious Studies A Level at The Streetly Academy.  The A Level will broaden your understanding of ethics and philosophy, deepen your knowledge of religious traditions and equip you with many valuable and transferable academic skills.  Religious Studies is an academic subject and combines especially well with English, History, Psychology and Sociology, but also compliments Arts, Mathematics and Science.

Our exciting AQA A Level course includes two components: Christianity and the philosophy of religion, and Christianity and ethics.

In Component 1 (Christianity and the philosophy of religion) we will explore the following:

Section A: Study of religion

  • Christianity
  • God/Gods/Ultimate Reality.
  • Life after death.
  • The challenge from science.
  • The nature and role of religion.
  • Sources of wisdom and authority.

Section B: Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God.
  • Evil and suffering.
  • Religious experience.
  • Religious language.
  • Miracles.
  • Self and life after death.
  • The nature and function of religion.

Section C: The dialogue between philosophy and religion

How religion is influenced by, and influences, philosophy of religion in relation to the issues  studied.

In Component 2 (Christianity and ethics) we will explore the following:

Section A: Study of religion

  • Christianity
  • Key moral principles.
  • Religious identity.
  • Religion and sexual identity.
  • Religious pluralism.

Section B: Ethics and religion

  • Ethical theories.
  • Issues of human life and death.
  • Issues of animal life and death.
  • Introduction to meta ethics.
  • Free will and moral responsibility.
  • Conscience.
  • Bentham and Kant.

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion.

How religion is influenced by, and influences, ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

We welcome students who have achieved at least grades C in GCSE English and Religious Education.  These entry requirements reflect the written and logical skills that are essential for success in A Level Religious Studies.  It is also a useful preparation for anyone wishing to go onto study anything which involves concepts , including abstract concepts, or for anyone wishing to enter a career which involves working with people.

Assessment:

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the

Course.  There are two assessed components.

Component 1 (Christianity and the philosophy of religion)

  • Written exam: 3 hours long
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-Level

Component 2 (Christianity and ethics)

  • Written exam: 3 hours long
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-Level