Religious Studies covers a wide range of key topics: including the nature of God/gods, life after death, challenges from science and the nature and role of religion. It also deals with vital philosophical issues like: arguments for the existence of God, the nature of evil and suffering, religious experience and religious language, miracles and the nature of the self. In addition, it covers various aspects of morality and ethics, including religion and sexual identity, ethical theories, issues of human life and death and issues of animal life and death.
Two components, the first on the Philosophy of Religion, the second on Ethics, Religion and Society. These components must share the same faith context, and there are six such contexts to choose from: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Component 1, the Philosophy of Religion, has three subsections: The Study of Religion, Philosophy and Religion and The Dialogue Between Religion and Philosophy. Component 2, Ethics, Religion and Society, again has three subsections: The Study of Religion, Ethics and Religion and the Dialogue Between Ethical Studies and Religion. The AS year offers a more introductory programme featuring some of the A level topics stated above.
Religious Studies will help you develop clear and logical ways of thinking, evaluation skills, problem solving skills, research skills, and will help you to develop your writing skills to present complex ideas in a clear, precise and well-structured way.
There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment. Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed. The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.
The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus. Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.
The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.
For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.
Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.
Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.
In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.
There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.
A level Religious Studies is a popular choice of A level and is well regarded by good universities. It can lead on to further study in fields such as philosophy, and combines well with subjects such as history and sociology. It can lead to careers in teaching, the civil service, charity work, counselling, journalism, social work and many others