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Religious Studies

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Why study this subject?

In the world of work, employers look for someone with an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints and an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions. These skills all develop through studying religions.

If you want to work with people in caring work, teaching, law, journalism, media, policing, tourism or to work abroad or in a cosmopolitan setting, a qualification in Religious Studies will be useful.

Which Examination Board?

Eduqas

Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the A Level. You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

AS – 3 x 1 hour 30 minutes paper – each paper will ask four questions and students pick two to answer.

A2 – 3 x 2 hour paper – each paper will ask four questions and students pick two to answer.

There is no controlled assessment.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

AS – 3 x 1 hour 30 minutes paper – each paper will ask four questions and students pick two to answer. A2 – 3 x 2 hour paper – each paper will ask four questions and students pick two to answer.

Each unit is worth 331∕₃% of the qualification.

Year 12 – Buddhism

  • The Life of the Buddha
  • Main Buddhist Scriptures
  • Buddhist teachings on the self, death and afterlife
  • Teachings of the Sangha
  • Religious Practices (going for refuge and meditation)

Year 13 – Buddhism

  • Mahayana Buddhist practices (Tibetan, Zen, Pure Land and Nirchiren)
  • Buddhism in the West
  • The Engaged Buddhism movement
  • Mindfulness
  • Women in Buddhism
  • The work of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh

Year 12 – Philosophy of Religion

  • The problem of evil
  • Religious experience
  • The existence of God
  • Challenges to religious belief

Year 13 – Philosophy of Religion

  • Religion and Belief according to Freud
  • Religion and Belief according to Jung
  • Mystical Experience
  • Miracles
  • Religious Language

Year 12 – Religion and Ethics

  • Ethical Theories
  • Natural Law (Abortion and Euthanasia)
  • Situation Ethics (Sexual Ethics)
  • Utilitarianism (Animal testing and Nuclear Weapons)

Year 13 – Religion and Ethics

  • Development of Natural Law (immigration and capital punishment)
  • Meta ethics (ethical language)
  • Predestination and Free Will
  • Determinism