"I chose RS as it covers so much in terms of culture and understanding. For me, it is extremely interesting and important as you don't get this kind of understanding and appreciation for the world and different cultures in any other subject.”
I chose Religious Studies because it was something new after high school and it was something that I was really interested in.
Religious Studies (A Level)
- Year 1 & 2
- Exam board
What Will You Learn?
If you enjoy discussions and debates, then you will probably enjoy Religious Studies. Studying the Philosophy and Ethics components will help you to acquire the ability to think logically, to analyse issues and to express yourself and your ideas clearly. Such powers of reasoning and expression are highly valued by employers and Higher Education institutions. The Islamic Studies elements will help you examine a wide variety of beliefs in the light of our multicultural society.
Unit 1: The Study of Religion
In the first year, topics will include pre-Islamic Arabian religion and society and key Islamic beliefs and practices. You will also study religious figures and sacred texts in Islam and social and historical developments.
Unit 2: Philosophy of Religion
You will study arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering and religious experience. Second year topics will include religious language, atheism and challenges to religious belief.
Unit 3: Religion and Ethics
This includes a study of ethical theories and their application to contemporary moral issues, including medical ethics, sexual ethics and the issue of war and peace.
You do not need a GCSE in RS or a religious faith, but must be willing to critically assess your own and others’ views. There are regular workshops to assist with your studies, help with exam preparation and advise you on university applications. There are also opportunities to attend seminars on issues related to religion and ethics run by local universities at the College.
Where Will This Lead?
Religious Studies will teach you about a range of cultures and religious beliefs, which is useful when working with the public or communities. Religious Studies is, therefore, a good basis for any HE course and particularly for careers in areas such as social work, teaching, nursing and the police. Recent students have gone on to study Religion and Education, Childhood Studies, Politics, Education Studies and Theology and Religious Studies.